Museum & Galleries

The Police Museum

Scotland / Europe

The Police Museum was established in 1966 and explores the history of the City of Glasgow Police, the United Kingdom’s first police force. The Glasgow force, consisting of eight officers, was established in 1779 but failed by 1781 due to lack of funds. In 1788 an Act of Parliament allowed a new Force to levy a rate from householders to finance it. This developed into the establishment of the City of Glasgow Police with the Glasgow Police Act of 1800; the first such Act in Britain. The Force expanded greatly, with 1,355 officers by 1900. In 1975 it merged with those of surrounding counties to form Strathclyde Police and then joined with forces across the Country to form Police Scotland in 2013. The museum displays the history in old photographs and illustrations, and a collection of 5,000 objects. It also contains Europe’s largest display of International Police uniforms and insignia from all over the world.

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