Jan 29th 1932
Liverpool's new police chief
The man who led the charge against the mutineers at Dartmoor Prison
The Liverpool Watch Committee yesterday appointed Mr A. K. WILSON, Chief-constable of Plymouth as Chief Constable of Liverpool, the post having been vacated by Mr L. D. L. EVERETT last November due to ill-health. It was stated by the sub-committee that it was with the greatest regret that, owing to health considerations, it was unable to send forward the name of Mr WINSTANLEY, one of the Assistant Chief Constables of Liverpool. There were 34 applicants for the post, and carries a salary of £1,500, rising to £2,000, with a rent allowance of £150.
[On June 3rd 1931 The Liverpool City Council declined to authorise the payment of £213 for special medical treatment for the Assistant Chief Constable H. WINSTANLEY who was off duty for six months.]
Mr WILSON has been a prominent figure since last Sunday when he was one of those principally concerned in depressing the Dartmoor Prison revolt. It was the arrival of a force of police from Plymouth at Princetown under his command that saved the situation. Mr WILSON led a truncheon charge into the mutineers, he is to give evidence before the inquiry at the prison today. A native of Galston Ayrshire, he has a long standing connection with Merseyside for he was educated at Liverpool University. Mr WILSON joined the Cardiff Police Force 22 years ago, and was appointed Chief Constable of Carlisle in 1928, and a year later was appointed Chief-constable of Plymouth. He is a keen ambulance worker and last summer was admitted an officer of the Order of St John of Jerusalem in recognition of his work at Cardiff, Carlisle and Plymouth.
In September 1932 Chief-constable WILSON ordered that Liverpool police officers must not smoke when in uniform, even if they are off duty. This was a reversion to a former practise, for some years Liverpool police officers have been permitted to smoke when off duty, there had been unfavourable criticism by the public who had seen policemen smoking.
He also influenced the decision of the Watch Committee in banning the Police Trading Guild in Liverpool which had been in existence since 1902 and had a membership of 1,552, out of the total police force of about 2,250. He stated that he considered that the tradespeople as ratepayers were entitled to be protected in their trade and should not suffer from any unfair competition by guilds of that description. In 1931 the sales from stores at the police stations in charge of 20 agents amounted to over £15,341, including £12,771 for tobacco and £1,194 for chocolate
Jan 1934, awarded King's Police medal for distinguished service
Oct 31st 1938
On Saturday a teat of the air raid sirens was made in Liverpool, the Chief Constable Mr A. K. WILSON, pressed a button in the police headquarters in Dale St, thus switching on simultaneously 47 sirens which are linked up in various parts of Liverpool and Crosby. The alarm which was clearly heard in a large area lasted for two minutes. A rising and falling wail was heard and was followed by the long steady note of the all-clear siren.
Jan 9th 1939
Scouts and air raids, a Liverpool test.
The Chief Constable of Liverpool has placed the entire city police system at the disposal of the Scout authorities for a teat. Liverpool is the only city in the country to mobilise the Scouts for use in a national emergency. The aim is to recruit 2,000 Scouts for air-raid precaution work and 500 have so far enrolled. The Scouts will be used during a sudden attack when telephone communication is jammed and radio messages can be picked up by enemy aircraft. Ten police stations will each have 50 Scouts.
March 19th 1940
Chief Constable resigns Liverpool vacancy.
Owing to ill-health the Chief Constable of Liverpool Mr A. K. WILSON has resigned and it is probable that the present senior Assistant Chief Constable Mr H. WINSTANLEY will be recommended for the appointment and that Mr W. E. GLOVER also an assistant Chief Constable will be his assistant.
The Watch Committee accepted the resignation with regret as from April 1st.
Mr WILSON joined the Cardiff police as a constable in 1909 and quickly rose to the rank of inspector. In 1928 he was appointed Chief Constable of Carlisle and the following year became Chief Constable of Plymouth where he instituted a police training school.
Death notice, Jan 24th 1962, passed away peacefully Lt Col A. K. WILSON, C.B.E, formerly Chief Constable of Liverpool