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Origins of the Thames Police by Dick Paterson
With Government's approval obtained the Marine Police began on the 2 July 1798 in Wapping High Street, on the site of the present Headquarters of the Marine Support Unit (MSU) of the Metropolitan Police.
Pictures of Headquarters Past & Present
The West India Merchants Company Marine Police Institute was originally intended to operate for just one year. However, Parliament was much involved in the war with France and the new police force lasted for two years. It consisted of three working sections:
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