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Photography, drawings and the policeÓ
Published in "Police!" by Charles Tempest Clarkson and J. Hall Richardson (London: Field and Tuer, The Leadenhall Press, New York: Scribner and Welford, 1889), , p.300-301.
Besides these circulars, there is issued twice a week in London, under the editorship of Dr. Anderson, the Police Gazette, originally started in 1828, which owes its improved form to the enterprise of Mr. Howard Vincent, when Director of Criminal Investigation. It is supplied gratis to the police forces of the kingdom. Printed on good paper, the number before us consists of twelve pages.
The body of the newspaper is filled with classified particulars of apprehensions sought in the Metropolitan Police District, counties, and cities and boroughs; also, in the same order, particulars of persons in custody; and again, of property stolen. Very great prominence is given to certain descriptions of the supposed Whitechapel murderer, and of certain facts in connection with the ghastly discoveries in the new police buildings. In eight cases, woodcuts, boldly executed, purport to give likenesses of the runaways. We say " purport," because these woodcuts are sometimes reprinted to illustrate handbills, and it is notorious that in the case of Currell, who evaded arrest for about a fortnight after he had murdered his sweetheart in Hoxton, the likeness was a bad one. In that case, however, the artist had simply a "tin-type" photo, of very small size, to guide him. Sometimes the police had not even this slender hint, and, as in the instance of Lefroy, they were glad to avail themselves of the sketch of the man, drawn from memory by a gentleman who had frequently conversed with him. The authorities have never ventured so far as to publish a hypothetical sketch portrait, as did the Daily Telegraph, from descriptions given of the Whitechapel murderer. In fact, the Scotland Yard officials took care to notify that these drawings were not authorized by them. Whenever the photograph of a suspect is a good one to commence with, it is very fairly reproduced, although in London any assistance from photography or "process" engraving is declined. In this respect provincial forces are ahead of the Metropolitan Police.