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VISITORS took a step back in time at the biggest ever Policing Through The Ages event in Portsmouth.

The day-long event returned to Gunwharf Quays for a third time to give people a taste of how policing has changed from the 1940s to the present day.

An American Trans Am car at the policing through the ages event at Gunwharf Quays.''''Picture: Paul Jacobs (132757-6)

An American Trans Am car at the policing through the ages event at Gunwharf Quays.''''Picture: Paul Jacobs (132757-6)

Thousands of visitors were treated to displays of vehicles ranging from vintage Hampshire Constabulary cars, American patrol cars and Royal Military Police vehicles to those from TV shows including Starsky and Hutch, Knight Rider and The Sweeney.

The force’s ‘celebrity’ transit vans Ninah and Seymour were also parked up.

Entertainment was provided in Central Square by the Band of the Hampshire Constabulary and Hampshire Police Choir.

A wealth of force units attended, including the roads policing unit, marine and dog units.

The public also had the chance to quiz officers and learn more about organisations including Hampshire Search and Rescue and the Police Roll of Honour Trust, which pays tribute to officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

And for the first time, the Gunwharf Quays police station was turned into a ‘substation’ for visiting police officers from the USA.

The officers, who also run a bakery called Cops and Doughnuts in Clare, Michigan, doled out free samples of their famous Cops’ Coffee.

Among those attending was Hampshire police Chief Constable Andy Marsh.

He said: ‘It’s a really good opportunity to let the public into policing and get a bit of understanding about what we are trying to achieve, and how we do it.

‘It’s really about trying to build the relationship and confidence with people we are here to serve.’