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Question 1 Jack the ripper Describe law and order in London in the late nineteenth century. The idea of a police force had developed in the nineteenth century. There were two police forces to start of with the bow street runners and the Thames River police. But in 1829 the metropolitan police was born as Sir Robert peel introduced it. This is how the police force had been progressing through time. Before 1829 the streets were patrolled by watchmen and parish constables who kept an eye out for trouble and prevented disturbances and robberies and did not try and solve crime they just tried to prevent it from happening. The metropolitan police also took on this role and in addition they were used to tackle big riots and major disturbances this did sometimes lead to the deaths of demonstrators. The police forces had now evolved by being given uniforms to wear also like the "bobbies" (nickname given to the police) they were given truncheons which were often carried by watchmen. ...read more.


The metropolitan police had evolved as I wrote above through the idea of forensic teams for example also with better trial and improvement when things didn't work they tried a new method until it worked slowly the force was becoming more sophisticated. After a couple of years detective work had started. In 1842 the first detectives were appointed by the metropolitan police. There were two inspectors and six sergeants. Form the 1860's detective work began to be more organised in 1878 the detective department was reorganised and the criminal intelligence department was set up. In 1879 there were 216 detectives and 13128 arrests as you can see law and order was improving in London. Also methods of detectives had improved like fingerprinting in 1901. Since 1968 the number of disturbances had decreased. In February 1886 the met police had to deal with a mass demonstration but then came a more serious incident "bloody Sunday" on 13th November 1887. In the 1880's police forces were very much in their infancy. ...read more.


The metropolitan police had been trained with military drills which were unnecessary because the police was always aggressive and to add to that the police were mostly drunkards like an example of this was that a constable was dismissed after only four hours of service. The met police was unpopular because of its new methods of crowd control like the baton charge. The met police was not copied anywhere else in Britain. It wasn't even the only one in existence the bow street runners had still been there. Law and order in London in the late nineteenth century had changed a lot from the beginning of the bow street runners all the way to the criminal intelligence dept to detectives being hired. These changes were really important to London as you have seen the numbers of arrests had slowly been rising it was a positive thing in history the way in which law and order had changed. Detective work had gotten better all of this adds up to how law and order had changed in London. ?? ?? ?? ?? Kishen Naik 11R ...read more.

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