B.C. Provincial Police Stories

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Heritage House Publishing Co, May 1, 1986 - True Crime - 160 pages
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Cecil Clark's stories from the archives of B.C.'s first lawmen show why the B.C. Provincial Police was considered one of North America's best police forces. Included are tales of the McLeans, a gang of vicious young killers in the Interior; "Skook" Davidson, one of the force's most unconventional Special Constables; canine policemen; and Sergeant Sperry Cline and his one-of-a-kind approach to policing.

 

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Contents

Forevvord
4
The Murdering McLean Gang
20
Constable Robert Pyper Six Words to the Mile
32
When Prisoners Werent Pampered
42
My First Northern Patrol
49
A Police Christmas
59
Murder of a Special Constable
70
A Day on Detachment
80
Blaze the Fort Nelson Trail
94
Six Good Men and True
110
Peace River Posting
118
Telegraph Creek Frontier Police Post
126
Tallest Man on the Force
134
The Time I Fought the Champ
143
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About the author (1986)

Born in North Berwick, Scotland, Cecil George "Nobby" Clark (1899-1993) was 17 when he enlisted in the B.C. Provincial Police, first working as a junior clerk and rising to the position of deputy commissioner in 1959. He retired about the time the force was absorbed by the RCMP, and then became its unofficial historian. He has written four books about the force's cases over its 92-year history.

Art Downs(1924-1996) was a writer, editor, historian, and pioneer of BC book and magazine publishing. Born in England, he moved to Saskatchewan as a young child and later settled in Quesnel, BC. He became owner of the Cariboo Digest, which evolved into BC Outdoors, a successful magazine about BC history, wildlife, and conservation. In 1979, Art and his wife, Doris, established Heritage House Publishing.

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