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Bow Street Runners

 
Bow Street Runners
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Briefly glimpsed onscreen in The Reichenbach Fall is a 1956 first edition of Henry Goddard's classic 'Memoirs of a Bow Street Runner.' The book is currently out of print in the United Kingdom.

Formed in 1749, the Bow Street Runners are frequently recognised as the first professional police force in London. Unlike previous groups who would investigate and fight crime for a fee, the Runners were formally linked to the magistrates court in Bow Street, and thus worked under a legal mandate to catch criminals and bring them to trial. The Bow Street runners were disbanded in 1839, but are often credited with being the guiding inspiration for the development of organised policing in the United Kingdom.