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TitleWestmorland Constabulary
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ContextThe Westmorland Constabulary was formed in 1857 and the first chief constable, Mr John Dunne, who was also Chief Constable for Cumberland, was appointed in that year. The borough of Kendal, however, had its own police force which was established in 1836 making it one of the earliest standing forces in the country. The Kendal Borough force remained independant until 1947 when it amalgamated with the Westmorland force. Under the terms of the Police Act, 1964, the Cumberland and Westmorland Constabularies and the the Carlisle City Constabulary amalgamated to form the Cumbria Constabulary on 1 April 1967. The Cumbria force's area of responsibility widened after local government reorganisation in 1974 to include those parts of Lancashire and West Yorkshire which helped to form the new county of Cumbria
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