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History Coursework: The Metropolitan Police Force

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History Coursework In 1829, was the main turning point in policing. When Home secretary Sir Robert Peel set up the Metropolitan police Force. They had three vital duties. Prevent crime, solving crime and dealing with political protest (Riots). The Metropolitan Police Force was nicknamed "Peelers" or "Bobbies". They patrolled the streets keeping an eye out for trouble. One of their duties was to deal with drunkenness, vagrants, beggars and prostitutes. And tackling major disturbances such as riots was another. Preventing crime was probably the most important duty because if they could prevent crime, this would keep the streets in order. And they maintained the high level of presence on the streets of London. ...read more.


The only way of being arrested is if you were caught in the act and that wasn't likely. Crowds and riot control was well handed by the police. They use baton charge, this meant they charged into the crowd and hit people, the method they used was very effective. That way there was a lot more order on the streets. And that's all that mattered. However Many citizens were very discontented with the method the Police used. That is because the baton charge killed and injured a lot of people that were involved in the riot over political protest and unemployment. Incidents such as these lead to the poorer people believing that the police favoured the rich over them, which in turn made policing in poorer areas much more difficult. ...read more.


Unlike other riots, this one didn't end in violence. This definitely enhanced the reputation of the police. Now I think that it is safe to conclude the Metropolitan strongest and weakest areas. I personally think that Riot/crowd control was their strongest area. The Force, use the baton charge which was very effective. However it injured a lot of people and a lot of citizens were unhappy with this method. But at the end of the day, it stopped the riot that is what counts. Now to identify the Force's weakest area. I think that you would agree with me when I say solving crime was their weakest area. Their method was to follow suspicious people. The only way your going to get arrested is if you our caught in the act. This would get them nowhere. Matthieu Philippe History Coursework 10HN 10/05/2007 ...read more.

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