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Ceren Ovayolu
Study Representations 1, 2 and 3 choose the one you think is the best representation of how
effective policing was in the late Victorian Britain. Explain your choice.
Intro:
Representations one, two and three provide us an overview of how effective policing in the late
Victorian Britain was. As a result of studying representations one, two and three it is apparent that
representation 2 is the best at explain how effective policing was during this period. This answer will
explain why.
Best Representation:
Representations two is the best representation for explain the effectiveness of the police during the
late Victorian Britain because it illustrates a balanced judgement and provides a negative and
positive overview of policing with the benefit of hindsight; in the nineteenth century. Representation
2 is an extract from Jack the Ripper; the Green River Killer; and the police by a historian named John
Holliday, published in 1992.
Evidence to support why representation 2 is the best: "it was clear that the Jack the Ripper
investigation was falling. The people grew more alarmed and frustrated; the press grew more
critical." This is useful as it shows the general feeling of people in Victorian Britain surrounding the
Ripper case. In addition "it must be remembered, however, that the Jack the Ripper killings took
place in 1888 when modern policing was still in its infancy" ­ this quote shows how the police were
limited by the lack of technology available which affected how effective policing was. However it is
emphasised as is bring out the idea that policing was still in their infancy which reminds me of a
toddler still growing up and lacking knowledge.
This representation occurs to be the most accurate as it says that the Jack the Ripper case had many
flaws. The police were trying to use new methods like using bloodhounds to try and capture him. This
shows that the police were trying to catch him however it was not the best of methods. They were
accepted as a standard policing method in Victorian England, they were fairly useless because lots of
people would have been around the area of the crime and therefore the dogs would have followed
those scents and may have ended up going to the wrong person. They were a waste of time
especially as they did not work, which was a fault by the police and this affected how effective they
were. The author has negative thoughts about the investigation created by the metropolitan police
about Jack the Ripper although the author also refers back to the period and the lack of technology
even though the police were trying their best to capture the killer. This article is not very
comprehensive as it is about the Ripper's case in particular then discussing the whole of the Victorian
policing system.
Next Representation
Representation one is useful for explaining the effectiveness of late Victorian Policing; however it is
not the best. It includes a series of drawings which portray opinions, opinions are not factual
information therefore cannot be trusted. More over it is vague and have to infer what late Victorian
policing was like from pictures which are no precise as the pictures are not explained. Representation
one is from a newspaper called `The Illustrated Police News ­ LAW COURTS AND WEEKLY RECORD', it
was published in 10/1888. It is overly optimistic.
Evidence to support why this representation is not useful is the time period it was written in and
published during the investigation which could lead it to be biased. It is a primary source; it shows
what people thought at the time and uses pictures to show how the police are represented for
example: how the police used the bloodhounds ` the trial of bloodhounds' and were using forensics `
identifying a missing limb'. Also Jack the Ripper suspects were beheaded and on the article it has Jack

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the Ripper suspects; `sketch of supposed murderer'. The pictures are overly optimistic therefore
biased as it is one side of the story.
This representation doesn't explain late Victorian policing there for it does not have a
comprehensive list of sources/pictures. As it is produced in 1888 it does not give an overview of late
Victorian policing. It misses out key information about how the police had weaknesses and strengths
other than within the Ripper's case.…read more

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Overall I feel that the police were not completely effective with capturing Jack the Ripper. The media
was negative about the police and did not make it any easier for me to decide.…read more

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