The Devon County Constabulary was formed in 1856. In 1956 a centenary celebration was held in Torquay on 12 September. In this rare silent film we see the Chief Constable Lt Col. Ranulph Bacon and the Lord Lieutenant for Devon The Rt Hon. 5th Earl Fortescue, KG, CB, OBE, MC taking the salute and inspecting the officers.
The Devon Constabulary later joined the Exeter City Police and in 1967 amalgamated to become the Devon & Cornwall Constabulary.