National Archives, Kew
History of the Metropolitan Police
There are many aspects to the history of the London Metropolitan Police service. A history and heritage that dates back to Wednesday 30th September 1829, when Sir Robert Peel, sent out a body of men dressed in a blue single-breasted swallow tail coat, with 8 gilt buttons down the front and each with Victoria Crown and the words ‘Police Force’ stamped upon it, wearing a 4” leather stock fastened at the back with a brass clasp, blue trousers, strapped-over boots, and a black leather top hat.
They become commonly known as ‘Peelers’, and marched out to uphold law and order in the streets of the Metropolis.
The timeline provides a year by year account of the development of the force from those early days to the modernised force that meets the challenges of today's world. In addition to the chronological history, a few specific topics have been included, including Women in Police.