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This digital collection consists of a number of Victoria Police Department log or “charge books,” and "mugshot books" compiled between the 1870s and the early 1900s.  The handwritten charge books are a record of the arrests made in Victoria, British Columbia, and surrounding areas during this time.  Entries on the nearly 2000 pages consist of the following information: date, name of person charged and nature of charge, remanded (if applicable), and conviction or order. The mugshot books vary with some simply faces and names and others giving more detailed records of arrests and charges.

The physical books remain in the possession of the Victoria Police Historical Society, located at Victoria Police Headquarters, 850 Caledonia Avenue, Victoria, BC.   Sir James Douglas, Governor of the Crown Colonies of Vancouver Island (1858-1864) and British Columbia (1858-1864) established the forerunner of the Victoria Police Department in 1858. The first police station was located in Bastion Square, original site of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s Fort Victoria.

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