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History of the South Australian Police, One of the Oldest In the World

The South Australian police force is the oldest centrally controlled police service in Australia and one of the oldest in the world.

It was formed on 28 April 1838 after concerns about felons entering the new settlement from neighbouring colonies.

The first police force comprised 10 Mounted Constables and 10 Foot Constables under the command of Inspector Henry Inman.

In 1840 Major Thomas Shouldham O’Halloran was appointed as the first Commissioner of Police.  SAPOL comprised one Superintendent, two Inspectors, three Sergeants and 47 Constables. It was divided into foot and mounted sections.

The police provided a fire service from 1848 to 1867 until the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service was formed.

Police officers operated the Civil Ambulance Service from 1880 until it was taken over by the St John Ambulance Brigade in 1954.

Since 1838, SAPOL has been at the forefront of many significant changes including:

  • introducing bicycles for metropolitan and country foot police in 1893
  • pioneering the fingerprint system in Australia in 1894
  • appointing the first women police in the British Commonwealth in 1915 – Kate Cocks and Annie Ross
  • being the first Australian police service to introduce videotaping of ‘suspect person’ interviews in 1987
  • the first Australian policing jurisdiction to appoint a female police officer, Senior Sergeant Jane Kluzek, to a tactical response group (STAR Group in 1999)
  • introducing Operation Nomad in 1993, as a policing initiative to reduce the threat of bushfires, and Crime Stoppers in 1996
  • establishing Neighbourhood Policing Teams in various metropolitan areas, highlighting our strong commitment to policing at a local level
  • the first police jurisdiction in Australia to launch its own web platform connecting mobile phone users to the latest police news in 2011.

Today, modern policing has evolved to focus on community policing, crime prevention, problem-solving and intelligence-led policing to resolve crime, in partnership with the community, rather than just responding to the incidence of crime on its own.

Content provided by SAPOL under Creative Commons licence.

SA Police Spikes Suspect’s Tyres During Pursuit at Green Fields

At about 4.40am on Sunday 12 April, police attempted to pull over a vehicle on Torrens Road, Cheltenham.  The driver refused and a pursuit commenced.  The driver continued to drive erratically, speeding, stopping and at one point reversed into a police car causing minor damage.

The offending vehicle was successfully spiked a short time later at the intersection of Kings Road and Salisbury Highway, Green Fields and the driver arrested.

Source: www.police.sa.gov.au