When did you last hurt yourself from showing off? “Yesterday! I took a picture with some bobbies. They cuffed me and I was able to pull my hands free from under my feet, but I hurt myself. It’s a common thing with me!” — Chris Colfer in Bliss Magazine
Today marks the anniversary of the passage of the Metropolitan Police Act of 1829. Introduced by Sir Robert Peel and passed by Parliament on 19 June 1829, the Act established the Metropolitan Police of London, often considered to be the first modern police force. Their nicknames, either the earlier “Peelers” or the later “Bobbies,” were both derived from the name of the Act’s champion, Sir Robert Peel.