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Kent Police Museum

Celebrating the history behind Kent Police

The Kent Police Museum is undergoing some exciting changes.

In September 2015 we relocated from Chatham Historic Dockyard to temporary accommodation at Kent Police Headquarters in Maidstone.

We are currently progressing a move to a new, permanent location within the Kent Police estate, and hope to have more news about this in the near future.

Our vision for the future is to deliver a modern, yet thoughtful, interactive museum, which captures the past, present and future of Kent Police. We want to produce an inspiring new museum and we want to make sure the artefacts we have are safely preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Making contact

Please get in touch with the museum curator, Holly Wells, at holly.wells@kent.pnn.police.uk or by calling 07989 992276 for any of the following:

  • To loan any artefacts from the museum’s collection
  • To collaborate or organise a touring exhibition
  • To volunteer at the museum
  • To donate an item to the museum (all items will considered in line with our collecting policy)

    Please note: at present we cannot undertake any research into our archives, although this will be a service offered in the future.

    We will soon have a new website, as well as new premises. Please check back regularly for updates.
     

History

Kent's first Chief Constable, John Ruxton

Kent County Constabulary was formed on 14 January 1857 with 222 officers and men under Chief Constable John Henry Hay Ruxton. A former army man in charge of convict ships to the new world, he rented the first police headquarters in Stone Street, Maidstone.

At the time there were police forces within Canterbury, Deal, Dover, Faversham, Folkestone, Gravesend, Hythe, Maidstone, Rochester, Ramsgate, Sandwich, Tenterden and Tunbridge Wells.

The borough forces of Deal, Hythe, Faversham, Sandwich and Tenterden were merged with Kent County Constabulary in 1889, leaving just nine autonomous forces which amalgamated in 1943.

Kent Police, as it is known today, is now served by three divisions which align with the 12 council boundaries and Medway Unitary Authority.

 

 

Kent's first Chief Constable, John Ruxton

 

 

Officers at Faversham Station in 1899

Officers at Faversham Station in 1899