I had covered A Policeman's Lot before and Get on your bike has been visited by more people than any other of my posts. However by searching round a bit I have come up with this.
Sir Robert Peel's first "Bobbies" may have worn top hats but it wasn't long before they had the iconic helmets.
|Victorian Police Constable with an itinerant|
(2010 recreation - Anthony McCallum - CC A-S A 3.0 unported licence - Wyrdlight.com)
In South Africa black policemen had no shoes.
|Black Policemen, Natal, South Africa - 1890|
At least one had a helmet and all sported the policeman's whistle
By 1914 cops were on the screen, immortalised by Mack Sennet Studios.
|The Keystone Cops|
Publicity still from "In the Clutches of the Gang" 1914
These days however it is necessary unfortunately for the "Bobby" to wear a stab vest on duty.
|A British Policeman at Westminster - 2009|
(By Schlauwiesstrumpf - CC BY 3.0)
Of course there is a variety of headgear as shown by this collection from Thames Valley Police.
|Types of headgear worn by Thames Valley Police - 2008|
(By Kaishu Tai - CC A-S A 3.0)
In our village the police always seem to be in patrol cars but these are not as photogenic as this patrol vehicle.
|Ross-shire Constable with his patrol vehicle - 1920s|
(Source Ross & Cromarty Constabulary; author dave conner, Inverness, Scotland - CC BY 2.0)
Finally and much closer to home I've found some windows for you to admire.
|Yarm Police Station - Nov 2009|
(Author Gordon Hatton - CC A-S A 2.0 generic - from geograph.org.uk)
The station had moved from a Victorian police station around the corner in Bentley Wynd to this even older building on the High Street. The building is early 18th century, way before a police force existed, and has unusually rounded head windows.
Now it's time for you to head off and check out other posts on offer at Sepia-saturday-148
with one last look at how protective a policeman's helmet may be.