Sir Charles Warren Unfit For Position

Posted: June 13, 2009 in Other Ripper Research
The Head of London’s Police

The supreme chief of the police detectives is Sir Charles Warren, a man who has not the first qualification, either by nature or education, for the position he fills.
He illustrates the so often unfortunate theory of primogeniture. Sir Charles had been a soldier, and served with fair credit, but had no executive experience or knowledge of police detail when he was placed in charge of the force of the greatest city in the world. If he had been a man content to pose as figure-head and allow the reins to be really held by capable lieutenants, not much harm would have been done, but unfortunately he is a gouty, irascible, stubborn old martinet, who insists upon managing affairs solely to suit himself. He must certainly have succeeded, for he has suited nobody else. In person Sir Charles could be best described as beefy. He looks like the English comedy major one sees on the stage, retired on half pay, who swears by the Times and swears at everything else. He is said to have urged the secretary not to offer a reward in the Whitechapel affair, which is probably the case, as such a step would bring a multitude of shrewd private detectives into the case, and Scotland Yard is not fond of rivalry. A rather curious fact but one that explains away a good deal of failure, is that the best men of the office are constantly at work on political matters. In the turbulent state of British politics the party in power always has plenty of detective work to be done, and the government resources are at their disposal. Such a thing is almost inconceivable in the country. – Baltimore Sun.

Source: Fort Morgan Times (Fort Morgan, Morgan County), November 23, 1888, page 7

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