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Richard Mayne was one of the two men appointed as the first Commissioners of the Metropolitan Police. Mayne was a lawyer who, in 1829 was working as a barrister. He was 33 years old and accepted the post at once. His salary was £800 a year and was a much more reliable source of income than could be obtained in the legal profession. Mayne's training in the law meant that he was able to deal with the legal problems that the police had to face and also he was very competent at drawing up regulations.
He had the same authority as his colleague, Colonel Sir Charles Rowan and, since they became friends very quickly, they were able to work well together until Rowan retired in 1850.
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