Primary Sources. Primary sources are the most useful items for learning about an historical event. Today we will look at some primary sources that provide clues about the reputation of the Metropolitan Police Force (Peelers) in the nineteenth century. Think about the following questions when you examine the sources: When was the source written/painted/photographed? Was it an official photograph/poster? What does the source want you to think? How reliable is it and what can we learn from the source?.
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9. 1888 Jack the Ripper stalks Whitechapel
Kills 5 prostitutes
Never caught – police had many suspects
No understanding of psychology
No real co-operation between police forces (the Met and the City of London)
Criticised in the newspapers and by HMQ
The murder caused great public concern and showed the police to be ineffective and incompetent
11. In Conclusion: Were the Peelers liked?