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WPF History 1700s – 2000s

Woodstock Police Force:
THE EVOLUTION OF PUBLIC SAFETY, WITH LOCAL HISTORY
WOODSTOCK 1700’S – 2000’S


There is no formal, written history of Woodstock Police Force. This brief history was gathered and provided by local and amateur historians, based on the reading of periodicals of the time, along with memories of growing up and working in the township of Woodstock. We truly hope you enjoy it and wish to thank WPF Sergeant Paula Hanson for taking the time to organize, author, and present the information.

The Late 1700s

The Woodstock area was first settled by a group of veterans following the American Revolutionary War in approximately 1783. Many loyalists fled the revolution and New Brunswick was established as a colony in 1784. It was not uncommon for landowners, to provide free labour to the province.

These de facto “civil service” positions as included constables, overseers of the poor, pound keepers, hog reeves, lumber inspectors, surveyors of roads and dams, sealer of leather, clerk of the market, butter inspections, boom masters, etc. These roles eventually fell to the counties, which were established in the province in the early 1800s.