CHAPTER XXVII
The Existing Organization at Scotland Yard
THE DIVISION OF POLICE ADMINISTRATION into departments began in 1842, when the detective branch was formed. In 1878 this developed into the Criminal Investigation Department, with an assistant commissioner in charge of it.The controlling officers, consisting of the commissioner, four assistant commissioners and chief constables, continued as they were until the end of the war. It was a slender allowance of superior officers for a force of 20,000 men, and in 1933 it was decided to give to one of the assistant commissioners the title of deputy commissioner; he was to share with the commissioner the general responsibility for the control of the force. The work was redistributed among the five assistant commissioners, for an additional A.C. was appointed in 1933. There are now four departments each with its own assistant commissioner, viz.:
(A) Administration and General Duties.
(B) Traffic.
(C) Criminal Investigation.
(D) Organization.

Much of the clerical work in the Department is discharged by Metropolitan Police civil servants. They are not sworn in as police officers, but police officers are interchangeable with them. The commissioner and the assistant commissioners only are appointed by the Crown, and they are all justices of the peace.

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