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date: 16 February 2019

Bow Street Runners 

Source:
A Dictionary of World History
Author(s):
Anne KerrAnne Kerr, Edmund WrightEdmund Wright

The first organized police force, based at Bow Street Magistrates’ Court in London, recruited by the magistrate (and novelist) Henry Fielding from the 1740s to augment the forces at his disposal. Their functions included serving writs and acting as detectives. They gained a reputation for efficiency and were much feared and respected by criminals. The formation of the London Metropolitan Police Force in ... ...

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