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Collection Level Description: Papers of Sir Arthur Edwin Young

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 486
Title: Papers of Sir Arthur Edwin Young
Dates of Creation: 1951-1954
Extent: 6 boxes

Language of Material: Eng



Administrative/Biographical History

Sir Arthur Edwin Young (1907-1979) joined the Portsmouth City Police as a cadet clerk at the age of seventeen, rising through the ranks to become the youngest chief constable in the country at Leamington, 1938. He later held the rank of Assistant Chief Constable, Birmingham. During the Second World War, he served as Director of Public Safety to the Allied Control Commission in Italy. By 1946 he was Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. Three years later, he was appointed Chief Constable of the City of London. In 1951 he was sent to the Gold Coast to advise on the reorganisation of the police force. In 1952 he was asked to reorganise the Malay Police. While in Malaya he improved police efficiency through training, overhauled police administration and emphasised the force's role towards all members of the Malay community. In 1953, he returned to the City of London police. In 1954 he was appointed Commissioner of the Kenya Police. However, his belief in an independent police force and his opposition to the use of firearms did not prove popular with the Kenyan colonial administration and he resigned after nine months. In 1955 he returned to his duties as Commissioner of the City of London police. His views on police disarmament also proved controversial when he was sent by the Labour government to Ulster to implement the Hunt Report in 1969-1970. he retired in 1971.

Scope and Content

Police papers, reports and correspondence, Gold Coast, 1951, Malaya, 1952-1953, Kenya, 1954

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were deposited at the library on 17th November 1971

Access Conditions

Bodleian reader's ticket required. An embargo exists on access to the following papers

Reproduction Restrictions

No reproduction or publication of papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.

Further Information

Finding Aids

Listed as no. 632 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Related Units of Description

Personal papers concerning the Royal Ulster Constabulary, copies of Malayan and Kenya papers, and press cuttings, Malaya, Kenya and Ulster are held at the New Scotland Yard Reference Library and are accessible at the discretion of the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

Access Points

Young | Arthur Edwin | 1907-1979 | Sir | Knight Commissioner City of London Police

Police | Ghana | History | 20th century

Police | Malaysia | History | 20th century

Police | Kenya | History | 20th century

Great Britain | Colonies | Administration

Ghana | History | 20th century

Kenya | History | Mau Mau Emergency, 1952-1960

Malaysia | History | Malayan Emergency, 1948-1960


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