There are four cathedrals in England which employ constables to keep watch. A tradition that can be traced back to the early 13th century. They are Canterbury Cathedral, York Minster, Liverpool Cathedral, and Chester Cathedral. We constables are few in number, around 50 in England. But we are trained, well resourced, and skilled in ensuring that the cathedrals we serve, their communities, worshipers, and visitors, are kept safe and secure.
Some constables are attested and as such hold the powers and privileges of the said office within the Cathedral and precinct. Even those constables who are not attested have retained a power of arrest under Section 3 of the Ecclesiastical Courts Jurisdiction Act 1860 in respect of disruptive behaviour within a cathedral church.