Bow Street runners

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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 1829 brought their separate existence to an end.

Subjects: World History — British History.

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