The historic Environment, Whitechapel (no Jack the Ripper)

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  • The Metropolitan police
    • Police recruits for the Met
      • Most came from outside London and were attracted by the relatively good pay
      • Some had been soldiers but most has backgrounds in labouring or farm work
      • There were some problems with absenteeism and drinking on the job
      • by 1885, the Met totalled just 13 319 to police a population of over 5 million. Only 1383 were on duty at a time
      • Unlike other Police forces, the Met was directly under the Home Secretary.
        • the Government wanted direct control of London's police force as it was worried about socialists and anarchist
    • The 'beat' constable
      • A major aim of the met was to prevent crime
      • They deployed constables on the 'beat' - patrolling a set route of streets
        • to deter criminals from committing crime
        • Asking people what they were doing
        • break up fights
    • Development of the CID
      • set up in 1878
      • separate from the rest of the force
      • a department to detect crime
      • had little success a shown by the investigation of the Ripper murders
    • Commissioner Charles Warren
      • Warren was appointed Met commissioner in 1886
      • Warren banned a planned unemployment protest in Trafalgar Square on 13 November 1887.
        • When the protestors ignored the ban, he deployed thousands of police, supported by about 1000 men from the army
          • Violent clashes followed, many were injured and one protestor died
      • When Jack the Ripper struck in 1888. Warren ordered an increase in patrols. Failure to catch the murderer cost Warren his job
    • Attitudes towards the police
      • Attitudes varied widely. The police had people's trust in some areas
      • Events such as the Trafalgar Square riot of 1887 contributed to the feeling held by many of the working class.
        • That the police were against them and only worked for the middle and upper class
        • Bloody Sunday riots. 13 November 1887
      • The economic depression and ensuing poverty contributed to this hatred of the police


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