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tipstaff

a court official having miscellaneous duties, mostly concerned with the maintenance of order in court
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London's first professional policemen, the Bow Street Runners, founded in 1749 by Westminster magistrate Henry Fielding , served writs and arrested criminals and would have carried tipstaves and truncheons, but the former were superseded in 1829, when a Bill introduced by Sir Robert Peel, the Home Secretary in Lord Liverpool's Tory Cabinet, established the Metropolitan Police Force.
While it might well have served as a means of self-defence, the main purpose of the tipstave was to prove the individual carrying it had a right to the office and to assist him in serving a warrant for arrest or seizure of property.
25) The travelling costs for the Court's pending visit to Brisbane in late May would be provided but limited to support the provision of one associate and one tipstaff for the full Court rather than the usual three associates and three tipstaves.