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Metropolitan Police

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Founded in 1829 by Robert Peel under the Metropolitan Police Act 1829 and on 26 September of that year, over 1,000 men were sworn in in the grounds of the Foundling Hospital. (From Sarah Wise's book, The Italian Boy).

The next year local divisions, one for each borough and each with its own station, were established. These were known by letters of the alphabet. e.g. M division was for Southwark.

The Met did not police the City, so, predictably, territorial disputes materialised: the old-style force policing the City moving vagrants over the border and the Met doing the same in reverse. Temple Bar was a location where this activity became a spectator sport (from Sarah Wise's book). Sad and laughable as this now seems, in essence, the practice has not gone away: the buskers at King's Cross knowing the precise line where the BT police patch meets that of the Met, and what the differing busker policies are; each Council being aware that whenever they launch a campaign to clean up drug-dealing, it causes increased drug-related activity in neighbouring boroughs.

Wikipedia states the Met is "the first modern and professional police force in the world" though the establishment of the Marine Police preceded the land-based force by over 30 years, and Commissioners of Police for Scotland were appointed in 1714. It's all in the definition.

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First Peelers training school

The bronze panel depicts an everyday scene in London at that time - that of a...

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Metropolitan Police - Eternal flame

{On the glass in front of the flame:} This eternal flame commemorates those w...

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National Police Memorial

Unveiled by the Queen.

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PC Patrick Dunne - SW8

{On the top, diamond, plaque:} This tree is dedicated to PC Patrick Dunne who...

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Police at Scotland Yard

Site of Scotland Yard, first headquarters of the Metropolitan Police, 1829 - ...

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James Braidwood

What a great plaque. The inscription is inside a laurel wreath, in front of a...

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Jonathon “JJ” McPhillips

Murder £20,000 reward At about 12:40am on Saturday 25th February 2017, 28 yea...

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PC Gary Toms

Here fell PC Gary Toms, 11 April 2009.

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PC Nina Mackay

Here fell PC Nina Mackay, 24th October 1997. Metropolitan Police

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Temporary Leading Fireman Stephen Thomas Maynard

Temporary Leading Fireman Stephen Thomas Maynard

Temporary Leading Fireman of Poplar Fire Station who died, aged 26 years, fighting a fire aboard the petroleum gas tanker the M. V. Rudi M, at Limehouse Basin on 25 January 1980. 50 firemen had bee...

Person, Emergency Services, Tragedy

2 memorials
David Clatworthy

David Clatworthy

Auxiliary fireman killed in an air raid on Poplar

Person, Emergency Services

War dead non-military, WW2
1 memorial
Alfred E. Minter

Alfred E. Minter

Fireman killed as a result of an air raid on Old Palace School, Bow, E3 on 20 April 1941. Our colleague Andrew Behan has kindly researched this man: Auxiliary Fireman Alfred Edward Minter was born...

Person, Emergency Services

War dead non-military, WW2
1 memorial
DC Jim Morrison

DC Jim Morrison

Detective Constable with the Metropolitan Police. Fatally stabbed when, although off duty, he attempted to arrest a bag thief and died, aged 26, on 13 December 1991. Posthumously awarded the Queen'...

Person, Emergency Services, Tragedy, Scotland

1 memorial
Fireman Edward George Pepper
War dead non-military, WW2
1 memorial