Metropolitan Police Service (London)

Scotland Yard

Scotland Yard, headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police. The term is often used, popularly, to refer to one branch, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). Named after a short street in London, the site of a palace used in the 12th cent. as a residence of visiting Scottish kings, it became London's police center in 1829. New and separate headquarters for the Metropolitan Police were built in 1890 along the Thames embankment and were referred to as New Scotland Yard. In 1967, New Scotland Yard moved to new headquarters, also in the Westminster area.

See H. R. Scott, Scotland Yard (1954); D. G. Browne, The Rise of Scotland Yard: A History (1956, repr. 1973); R. Howe, The Story of Scotland Yard (1965).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Story of Scotland Yard
Basil Thomson.
Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., 1936
Scotland Yard: A Study of the Metropolitan Police
Peter Laurie.
Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1970
The Rise of Scotland Yard: A History of the Metropolitan Police
Douglas G. Browne.
George G. Harrap, 1956
Liberty and Order: Public Order Policing in a Capital City
P. A.J. Waddington.
UCL Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Includes discussion of Metropolitan Police in multiple chapters
British History, 1815-1906
Norman McCord.
Oxford University Press, 1991
Librarian’s tip: "The Metropolitan Police" begins on p. 42
FREE! European Police Systems
Raymond B. Fosdick.
Century, 1915
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Metropolitan Police begins on p. 40
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