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The Special Constables Act 1838 was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.


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An Act for the Payment of Constables for Keeping the Peace near Public Works.


Whereas great mischiefs have arisen by the outrageous and unlawful behaviour of labourers and others employed on railroads [sic], canals, and other public works, by reason whereof the appointment of special constables is often necessary for keeping the peace, and for the protection of the inhabitants and security of the property in the neighbourhood of such public works, whereby great expenses have been cast upon the public rates of counties and other districts chargeable with such expenses:-

The Act dealt with financial matters connected with the appointment and payment of the aforesaid constables; it provided for the companies employing the laborers and others to bear the cost of the constables and also limited any such claims which were deemed to be unreasonable.


The Act was repealed by the Statute Law Revision (No.2) Act 1874 (37 & 38 Vict. c.96.).