Perhaps there is a retired plod with a 50-year-old duty roster that can give us a more definitive idea of how officers then spent their time.


The last part of your sentence

how officers then spent their time


how officers spent their time in those days


how officers in the twentieth century spent their time

where then refers to a time in the past. This is the first definition in the Oxford English Dictionary.

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  • Do you know which meaning of dictionary is fits here? – kris Sep 17 '17 at 19:06
  • @Kris - edited. – Weather Vane Sep 17 '17 at 19:08

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