H Division

  • the division of the Metropolitan Police Force that controlled Whitechapel
  • beat constables were given a set route to patrol
  • they were on the lookout for trouble and questioned people to find out what they were doing
  • regularly had to report to their sergeant and recorded everything in a diary

Attitudes to the police

  • were mistrusted and was seen as not caring for working class people
  • few cooperated with investigations and constables were frequently attacked
  • this made the policing more difficult

The Environment

  • dark, narrow alleys and courts with multiple doorways into rookeries packed with people
  • made chasing and finding criminals very difficult


  • large groups of professional thieves and pickpockets operated in the area.
  • they employed people who were good at stealing and getting away quickly.

Violent Demonstration

  • public protests were…


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