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Fifty years after
the setting up of the Metropolitan Police there were articles
in various journals criticising the police.
(i) HO45/97551, memorandum. This document shows the response
of the police to criticisms about police drunkenness which had
appeared in Vanity Fair, in January 1879
(ii) HO45/97551, article from Pall Mall Gazette. This source
from the Pall Mall Gazette criticises the police for failing
to stem rising crime. The document is accompanied by a confidential
memo explaining that much of the increase in crime is actually
due to differences in the way crimes were recorded.
In these sources, look
for: what complaint, or praise, is being given? How do you think
the police behaved? What clues can you find as to how the public
felt about the police? How did complaints and attitudes change
as time went on?
Put some of the evidence you have
found from these Sources on to your Gallery Worksheet.