In September 1863 the Isle of Man Police Forces were amalgamated under the first Head Constable, George Patrick Goldie, Member of the House of Keys and Captain of the Parish of Marown. He was appointed after the Head Constable elect, a Mr Thompson, drank heavily the night before his appointment and drove his pony and trap down Prospect Hill at a furious pace. He was booked for the equivalent to drunk driving and his appointment was never ratified!
The Island's police force now numbers approximately 240 staff and is responsible for policing the IOM TT Races in addition to the traditional duties associated with their role.
Although the Island is not a part of the United Kingdom, the Constabulary volunteers itself for inspection by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabularies.
Isle of Man's six-stamp set attempts to do justice to the Force's long and eventful history.