How did London Bobbies come up with their name?

London policemen (and women) get their nickname ‘bobbies’ from Sir Robert Peel who was the Home Secretary when the London Metropolitan Police was established in 1829.

‘Bobbies’ or ‘bobby’ is a coined term short for Robert as has become associated with Sir Robert Peel

The London Metropolitan Police Force are also known as the ‘boys in blue’ due to their distinctive dark blue uniform.

Original Police officers wore a uniform of top hats and tailcoats, Sir Robert Peel’s police force were better trained and operated with higher discipline than the previous 1737 police system which was introduced in an effort to curb rioting and looting.

The Metropolitan Police headquarters are New Scotland Yard and officers of the Metropolitan Police Forces’ duties include protecting the Queen, Buckingham Palace also has its own police station.