The Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) 1836 - 1925
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Gold Watch Presented to Band Sergt T. McManus (D.M.P)
On His Retirement August 1915.

Interesting & Rare Gold Watch Presented to Band Sergt T. McManus (D.M.P) on his retitrement August 1915.From his comrades
WWI era Waltham USA made half hunter pocket with gold albert chain. 
Details of Band Sergt McManus's career will be researched. This watch spent many years in Wales.
The watch comes with a heavy 9 ct gold chain - hallmarked .375 on each link.
His retirement  (in August 1915) was just eight months before the Easter 1916 Rising
when the duties & dangers of policing Dublin would change dramatically.

Fourteen DMP personnel were killed folowing the 1916 Rising & up to 1921. All were shot dead except an Inspector John Mills who was ''Bludgeoned' to death in 1917. 

Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) 1836 - 1925

The Dublin Metropolitan (D.M.P.)  policed  the city of Dublin, from 1836 to 1925, when it amalgamated into the new Garda Síochána.

Rural policing in Ireland began when Robert Peel, then Chief Secretary for Ireland, created the Peace Preservation Force in 1816. This rudimentary paramilitary police force was designed to provide policing in rural Ireland, replacing the 18th century system of watchmen, baronial constables, revenue officers and British military forces. Peel went on to found the London Metropolitan Police.

            The Last DMP training  Class
                                   (Kevin Street, Dublin)
   before amalgamation with the Garda Siochana in 1925.

In 1822, a new Act created four improved "County" Constabularies,
whose organisation was based around the traditional provinces of Ireland.

These were merged into a new centralised Constabulary of Ireland, in 1836 and
the Peace Preservation Force ceased to exist. At the same time separate
non-paramilitary forces were set up in the larger towns: Dublin, Belfast,
and Derry. Discipline problems saw the Belfast and Derry forces absorbed by the
national force, and only Dublin maintained its separate force.
The DMP was modelled closely on London's Metropolitan Police. Not only were the
uniforms of the two forces almost indistinguishable, especially after the
helmet and Bath Star were adopted, but the two forces also had a similar
organisationalstructure; rather than a Chief Constable, they were commanded by a
Commissioner, who was not a police officer, but a magistrate holding a
Commission of the Peace. This was descended from the 18th century system of
controlling parish constables, and was a
sop to the public's fears about the danger of a standing police force under
government control.In common with police forces on the island of Great Britain, the DMP was
an unarmed force. In this, it provided the inspiration for the first Commissioner
of the Garda Síochána, who declared that the new force should also be unarmed.

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