The Bow Street Runners-- small group of volunteer, non-uniformed homeowners
--established in 1750 by Henry Fielding to “take Thieves.”
--In “taking thieves” they would hurry to the scene of a crime and begin an investigation,
--the first modern detective force.
--In 1752, Henry Fielding began publishing “The Covent Garden Journal”
--Published as a means of circulating the descriptions of wanted persons.
Metropolitan Police Act of 1829
Why did the British public object to the use of detectives following the Metropolitan Police Act of 1829?
--French citizens had been repressed under centralized policing.
--In England there was fear that the use of “police spies” (detectives in plain clothes) would reduce civil liberties.
--In 1833 a Sergeant Popay was dismissed from the London Metropolitan Police because he infiltrated a radical group, acquired a leadership position, and advocated violence.
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