Samuel Palmer Dutch was born in Trowbridge, Wiltshire in 1857 and worked as an assistant mechanic before joining the Metropolitan Police on 26 Dec 1876, aged 19. Dutch served in 'H' (Whitechapel) Division during the 'reign of terror' of Jack the Ripper's serial killings. Constable Dutch was one of the officers involved in the largest manhunt in British criminal history for the most infamous killer never known. Dutch is recorded in Police News of 1887:
"Samuel Dutch was on duty in Mile End Road when he saw an offender, who was drunk, driving a pony and trap at a furious pace, and a man, who was hanging on the trap, fell down, and the vehicle went over one of his legs. He was picked up and taken to the hospital, but as he was found not to be seriously injured, he was discharged. A gentleman who was driving a brougham drove after the prisoner and caught him at the corner of Stepney Green. Dutch, finding the prisoner was too drunk to take charge of the horse and vehicle, took him in charge."
Dutch died of tuberculosis in Mile End whilst in service on 11 July 1894.