100-year-old police whistle presented to Calderdale Police

Betty Nicholls, 93, presented old police whistle that belonged to her dad, a bobby between 1904 and 1934, to Halifax Police station.

Betty Nicholls, 93, presented old police whistle that belonged to her dad, a bobby between 1904 and 1934, to Halifax Police station.

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A MOMENTO of policing from the days of Dixon On Dock Green has been presented to Calderdale Police by the daughter of a former Halifax bobby.

Betty Nicholls says she wanted to return her father Horace Cope Nicholls’s whistle, which is over 100 years old, back to officers so it could go on display.

“I think is should be with the police,” said the 93-year-old from Halifax.

“I think it should be somehwere where it can be seen.

“It’s so old. We used to have to help my father keep it polished.”

Her father joined the police in 1909 and served with the force until 1934.

He worked across the district with his patches including Warley, Mixenden, Wheatley, Salterhebble and Halifax.

“He was lovely,” said Miss Nicholls. “I had two brothers and I was his princess,”

Chief Superintendent Chris Hardern, divisional commander for Calderdale Police, thanked Miss Nocholls for the whistle and said it will go on display at Halifax Police Station.

“We’re always looking forward but sometimes it’s good to look back and see what people had to contend with and what equipment they had and look at how things have changed,” he said.

Police used to carry whistles to call for back up before the introduction of personal radios, or to attract the attention of someone they needed to speak to.