History of the Metropolitan Police
Time Line 1930 - 1949
|1930||Large number of men posted to Motor Patrol work: 4 subdivisional Inspectors, 31 Sergeants, and 324 Constables.|
|1931||Commissioner Byng retires. Lord Trenchard appointed.|
|1932||Lord Trenchard abolishes the timed Beat System and sets out his thoughts about the Metropolitan Police Personnel recruitment and promotion system.|
|1933||Trenchard begins his programme for the improvement of Section Houses.|
Police College opens at Hendon.
Metropolitan Police withdraw from Devonport Dockyard, bringing to a close its presence in HM Dockyards.
Forensic Laboratory opened.
Lord Trenchard retires as Commissioner, and Sir Philip Game is appointed in his place.
|1936||The Battle of Cable Street involves the Metropolitan Police in street battles with opposing political factions.|
|1937||The 999 system is introduced.|
|1938||Civil Defence starts with the formation of two Reserves in the event of war. The first are retired officers, the second Special Constables.|
|1939||I.R.A. activity results in 59 explosions in the Metropolitan Police District. 55 people are convicted for these offences.|
Police officers killed during air raids.
More information about the MPS officer murdered in Hyde Park during the war
|1941||Air raid bombings continue, and Holloway police station is destroyed. Somers Town, Sydenham and Brixton stations are too badly damaged to be used.|
|1942||Police officers allowed to volunteer for the Armed Forces.|
|1943||In an attempt to curb housebreaking, the Commissioner Sir Philip Game asks people not to keep furs, saying "they are no doubt warmer, and look nicer than a tweed coat, but a live dog is better than a dead lion."|
|1944||Looting reaches an all time record.|
|1945||Sir Philip Game retires and is replaced as Commissioner by Harold Scott.|
|1946||The Metropolitan and City Police Company Fraud Department is formed.|
|1947||Metropolitan Police face a deficiency of 4,730 men as a result of the war.|
|1948||Indictable crime rate falls to 126,000 crimes, but this is still 40% higher than before the war.|
|1949||Lord Oakseys committee reports on police pay, recommending small increases and London weighting.|