1867 Armed New Zealand Police Badge 1867 Armed New Zealand Police Badge

1867 Armed New Zealand Police Badge

Offred here is the first pattern cap badge of the national force worn between 1867 and 1877.

Policing started in New Zealand with the arrival of the first Governor in 1840. By 1846, the tiny police force was recognized with the passage of the Armed Constabulary Ordinance. New Zealand's early police force continued to grow with the colony and was further enhanced with additional structure and rules with the passage of the New Zealand Armed Constabulary Act of 1867. The Armed Constabulary took part in military actions against Māori opponents Riwha Titokowaru in Taranaki and Te Kooti in the central North Island in the dying stages of the New Zealand Wars. While the nationally organized Armed Constabulary split its efforts between regular law enforcement functions and militia support to the land wars, some provinces desired local police forces of their own. The armed force had a similar function and history as the South African Constabulary having been established during conflict. Eventually the force was modernized as the National Police in 1886. This badge offered here was the first issue..

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