Wiltshire boasts the oldest constabulary in England. Established in Devizes in 13th November, 1839, thanks to the 1839 County Police Act, beating the Gloucester constabulary by a few days!
Its motto, 'Primus et Optimus', means, 'the First and the Best', and from 1880 on the constabulary was based at Bath Road, Devizes.
By the 1930s, it was clear that the force needed a new purpose-built Headquarters, but it wasn't until after the Second World War that work could begin to draw up plans and funds.
Construction began in 1961 and cost approximately £200,000 - millions of pounds in today's money.
Images: CopyrightWiltshire & Swindon History Centre – F5/281/3 May 1961, F5/281/3 Foundation Stone July 1961, F5/281/3 August 1961, F5/281/2 Main Building September 1961, F5/281/3 Lord Devlin September 1962, F10/200/97/16 HQ Equipment, F10/200/97/16 HQ Bar