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Committed With Impunity

Post by Karen on Sat 4 Jun 2011 - 0:53


Sir Charles Warren's report on the London police is the subject of articles in both the Saturday and the Spectator. The former journal says that the police has been successful in the discharge of ninety-five percent of their duties, but that the evidence in support of what Sir Charles says in favour of the detective department is not obvious. It adds: -

The work of the detective is by the nature of it secret, and cannot be estimated like the discipline, steadiness, and temper of the constables in Trafalgar Square. But some fruits of his exertions ought to be visible. Now, with all due deference to Sir Charles Warren, we cannot say that they are. When criminals are captured it is either through their own folly or by the pluck of the uniformed constables. It is very seldom that an offender of any kind who has escaped immediate seizure is run down. We shall not inquire what the cause of this may be, still less pay any attention to the generally ignorant and almost wholly spiteful tittle-tattle about the state of things in Scotland Yard. Sir Charles Warren's word may be taken for it that there is no hard and fast pedantic rule as to the terms of entry into the detective branch. Still the fact remains that the detectives do not detect with very conspicuous success. The Criminal Investigation Department is manifestly the weak point in the police, and it ought to be strengthened. It has, at least, not been proved that the military character which is being rapidly given to the force has not diminished the efficiency of the detective branch. As regards the uniformed constables, it may be necessary to drill them in a semi-military way. But drill may be a hindrance to men who ought, above all things, to be free from conspicuous mark. It must be remembered that the Whitechapel murders are only the last of a growing list of crimes committed with impunity, and this is enough to prove that the Criminal Investigation Department requires overhauling.

Source: The North China Herald and S.C. and C. Gazette, November 30, 1888, pp. 599-600

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