Met police 1900-

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  • Met Police 1900-
    • Police recruits
      • Most came from outside London, attracted by relatively good pay
      • Some had been soldiers but most had farming backgrounds
      • Some problems with absenteeism and drinking on the job
      • 185- Met totalled 13 319
    • Beat constable
      • Major aim of Met was to prevent crime. Beat constables were deployed on the "beat"- patrolling a set routes breaking up disorder
      • Development of CID
        • Set up in 1878. Had lttle success reflected in Jack the Ripper case
    • Commissioner Charles Warren
      • Former army general made commissioner in 1887
      • Banned  a planned unemployment protest in Trafalgar Square.When ban was ignored he deployed thousands of police supported by army. Violent clashes followed leading to 1 death
      • When Jack the Ripper struck in 1888 he ordered increased in patrols, failure to catch Ripper cost him his job.
    • Attitudes towards police
      • Attitudes varied. Police had some people'strust but events such as Trafalgar Square riot contributed to feeling held by lower classes that police were against them. Economic depression also increased hatred to police

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