Charles Carlisle joined Liverpool Borough Police as an extra Constable on December 17th, 1849, aged 24yrs. In June 1850 he became a full Constable. On July 24th 1852, he had advanced his position to 1st class Constable. He was promoted to Detective Constable on November 19, 1852, and promoted to Detective Inspector on May 22nd 1860. That he satisfactorily discharged his duties will be gathered from the list of rewards made to him :-
Feb 26th 1867, presented by Chief Constable SMITH head of Cheshire police force, with a gratuity of £5-5s, on him furnishing timely information on the intended Fenian attack on Chester Castle. On Oct 15th he received another reward for special services in connection with the Fenian movement, which involved peril to himself.
The French Government in the following year presented him with £37-10s in acknowledgment of his exertions in a felony case.
On Oct 18th 1870, the British Association rewarded him for special services.
On May 28th 1872, H.R.H, Prince Arthur presented him with a gold pencil case, accompanied by an autographed letter in recollection of the visit to Liverpool of his royal highness in that year, and "for the Detective Inspector's admirable discharge of his duty on the occasion".
On May 20th 1873, he received from the King of the Belgians through Viscount TORRINGTON, a gold breast pin in recognition of his attention to his Majesty during his visit to the town.
On Oct 20th 1874, he received from the Duke of Edinburgh a gold breast pin, and on Dec 12th, the same year, his salary was increased to £180 per annum.
He was highly esteemed by Major GREIG, C.B, Head Constable and the Watch Committee, he was a great favourite with the magistrates, before whom he had often to appear on police business, and was much liked by his colleagues in the force. During his time he was instrumental in bringing many notorious criminals to justice. Whatever duty he had to do was discharged in a pleasant, gentlemanly, yet thoroughly brave and zealous manner.
He died November 13th 1878 after a sudden illness.