2017 is a significant birthday year for Suffolk Constabulary – formed on 1 April 1967 and headquartered at Martlesham Heath since 1976.
The Suffolk-wide police service was formed by merging the East Suffolk Police, West Suffolk Constabulary and Ipswich Borough Police. The new constabulary HQ was initially at Country Hall in Ipswich (the old East Suffolk Police HQ), before moving to the current purpose-built HQ at Martlesham Heath in 1976. The new HQ was originally divided broadly into administration, training (including accommodation) and leisure zones. Since 2011 it’s also been home to one of the county’s three PICs (Police Investigation Centres).
The Constabulary’s ‘birthday party’ took place on Sunday 2 April at the Martlesham Heath HQ. Guests ranged from local dignitaries to serving and retired police personnel and their families and friends. They all enjoyed a number of interactive attractions, from dressing up in uniforms past and present, to trying their hand at being crime scene investigators.
The Suffolk Constabulary Museum at the HQ is dedicated to police memorabilia. Exhibits include uniforms through the ages, truncheons, seized weapons, handcuffs, medals, crime-recording equipment and photographs dating as far back as 1850.
The museum is normally only open by appointment, but you’ll have a chance to see them at the MH100 100 Years Centenary Weekend: 8 and 9 July 2017.