The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Saturday 4 January 2014
4th & 5th February, 1948 - The etiquette of the frisk is under scrutiny.
The duty passed reasonably quickly today and without any outstanding
One minor incident occurred when one of the B/Cs on duty with me felt
a little over energetic and instead of running his hands carefully up in under
a man’s arms when he was searching him, brought them up with some considerable
force. The other B/C and myself saw the
funnyside of this but the astonished fellow being searched was too preoccupied
determining whether or not his ribs had been broken. When he discovered he was whole he forgave
the B/C in a generous way and offered us cigarettes all round. Probably this last move was to safeguard
himself on being searched another time.
It poured with rain all this morning starting at approximately 3am and finishing just before lunch time.
Typical of the lack of interest taken by N.C.O.s in the Welfare of the
Force we were taken to our posts on the back of an open 3 tonner. If at a future date I attend a reunion dinner
of the Palestine Police I shall be very surprised if I do not snigger in the
middle of one of the inevitable speeches made praising the life we led and the
conditions we worked under.
This evening my recreation took the form of a visit to the Zone
Cinema. I do not think I have ever been
more impressed than I was by the film “The Four Feathers.” It was truly an excellent film excellently
produced, filmed and acted. The
propaganda value in this country at this time is also not to be neglected.