Born into overseas service, the author trained in the Metropolitan police and joined the Colonial Police service in Tanganyika. This book examines the role of the police service in parts of the British empire abroad, based upon the author's experiences. During World War II, he was involved in the internment of Nazi sympathizers, and as Superintendent of Police in Dar Es Salaam he had to cope with civil and industrial unrest resulting from the end of the war and demobilization. However, as Inspector General of Police in Uganda, the author faced independence campaigns, rebellion, mutiny, incursions from unstable neighbouring states, influxes of refugees and the effective localization of the Ugandan police.
Part 1 Introduction: the evolution of the police services in the Commonwealth. Part 2: childhood days in China; student days 1929-1938; prelude to a career in the police service overseas - 1938-9; introduction to Africa - 1939; the war years; postwar and the "Wind of Change" - 1945-1959; transition to independence - a retrospective study of Uganda in turmoil - 1959-1964; post-retirement assigments - re-employment and consultancies - 1965-1979; overseas interludes. Part 3 Appendices: German political organizations in Tanganyika - 1925-1939; prewar Nazi penetration of East Africa and its potential threat - 1939-40; the Todd mission - Madagascar - 1941-2; episodes from upcountry Tanganyika - 1945-7; the Sanya Corridor incident - a shameful chapter in the history of Tanganyika; Anguilla - a decolonization fiasco; responsibilities of Overseas Police Adviser/Inspector General of Police, Dependent Territories Foreign and Commonwealth Office.