WWII Royal Canadian Air Force Service Police Armband
WWII Royal Canadian Air Force Service Police Armband - This armband has two pieces of navy blue wool stitched end-to-end, with the individual characters "R.C.A.F." on the top row and "S.P." on the bottom row in red felt sewn in place, plus a black cloth backer, again stitched end-to-end, two brass snaps on the left side facing three rows of two brass snaps on the right side, maker marked "U.C.F. CANADA", allowing for an adjustable fit on the upper arm, very crisp colours, quality fabric and stitching, 76.5 mm x 425 mm, near extremely fine. Footnote: The Royal Canadian Air Force Police was responsible for military police functions for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). In 1940, the RCAF set up the Guards and Discipline Branch, which later changed its name to the Directorate of Provost and Security Services (DPSS). The DPSS provided police mainly for guard, security, and disciplinary duties. During the Second World War and into the post-war period, the RCAF Police were known as the RCAF Service Police (RCAF SP) and police personnel were referred to as "SPs". After the war when the air force expanded to meet NATO commitments, the RCAF Service Police also expanded to meet the responsibilities of policing the larger and increasing number air force stations in Canada and Europe. The RCAF Service Police was formally renamed the Air Force Police (AFP) in 1955, although it was still often referred to as the "Service Police". Following amalgamation of the three services into the Canadian Forces in 1968, the AFP was merged with the police units of the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Army to become simply the Military Police; under the Canadian Armed Forces Security and Intelligence Branch.