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Prior to the passing of the “Police Act of 1863”, Queensland's police force was highly de-centralised.
Local police magistrates or justices of the peace appointed police.
The network of police districts throughout the colony mirrored courts of petty sessions and small debts courts districts.
The 1863 Act instituted a centralised police force under the control of the Commissioner of Police.
Gold and mineral discoveries, economic forces and crime rates also affected the growth and strength of police, with variations from place to place.
In more remote areas, police stations (and native police camps) were staffed entirely by native police.
Once white settlement in these areas became more established, regular forces replaced the native police.
By 1895 there were 222 police stations throughout the colony.
Additional 'portable' police stations were erected from time to time in towns where there was only a temporary need for police presence.
In 1905 there were 9 police districts and 272 stations.
In 1963 there were 19 police districts throughout the State. In the 1970s regionalisation was introduced.
Police stations throughout the State were frequently used simultaneously as the local court house, police station, lock-up and residential accommodation for police officers.
Stations were also used as Government Savings Bank and Court of Petty Sessions offices.
In addition, police prepared jury lists and electoral rolls and acted as clerks of petty sessions, rangers of Crown lands, inspectors of slaughterhouses, district registrars of births, deaths and marriages, inspectors of brands, agents for the curator of intestate estates, customs officers, etc.
These districts were further divided into sub-districts, within which were numerous police stations.
Police inspectors visited these stations at least once every year and reported to the Commissioner of Police on such matters as the condition of police stations and equipment, staffing levels and related issues, the keeping of police records and the performance of police duties.
In the mid 1920s the police districts were significantly revised and stations were re-grouped according to these new districts.
In the 1970s regionalisation was introduced.
The police station at Roma Street served as Police Headquarters.
Queensland State Archives Agency ID1246, Police Station, Gatton