Dec 1947-April 1948
Pages in Section 5
i. Aftermath of the 1929 Riots
ii. The Dowbiggin Report
iii. Re-organization of the Palestine Police
iv. The Black Hand
v. The 1933 Riots
vi. The Arlosorrof Case and Creation of the Dog Section
vii. King George V's Silver Jubilee
viii. The Black Hand re-emerges
Recommendations made in Dowbiggin's report that was published secretly in May 1930.
Unfortunately the British Government was once again subjecting the Palestine Government to financial cuts, so it was some time before Dowbiggin's suggestions were put into action. The government did however, provide the sealed armouries but instead of rifles the new armouries consisted of one-shot Greeners.
One step the administration took that involved little extra cost was to bar Jabotinsky from returning to Palestine after his visit to South Africa. For the rest of his life Jabotinsky had to administer the Irgun (Haganah Bet) from New York.
On 8th May,1931, Commandant Mavrogordato left the Force to become Inspector General of the Trinidad Constabulary. Alan Saunders became Acting Commandant pending the arrival of R.G.B. Spicer Esq, CMG MC, who had been Commissioner of Police in Kenya.Although this report was classified as confidential at the time, it is now available for public viewing at public at
The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey. TW9 4DU
Unfortunately there is still not a free online copy available so, unless you live in London, it will cost an arm and a leg to receive an email copy of the document.
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