In this segment of Secrets of Scotland Yard, learn about how the Met started out with very low public trust leading to limited crime prevention abilities. The Commissioner of Police had to act illegally and in secret to set up a detective unit to investigate crime. The Lord Russell Murder marked the first case that the proto-detective department helped to solve, but it wasn't until 1842 that the detectives could come out of the shadows. The Commissioner used an attempted assassination of the Queen to advocate for increased investigative powers for police. The success and skills of the Met's early detectives captured the public's imagination and set the bar for the entire force.