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Ben Bradford & Ian Loader

In: The SAGE Handbook of Global Policing

Chapter 15: Police, Crime and Order: The Case of Stop and Search

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Police, Crime and Order: The Case of Stop and Search
Police, Crime and Order: The Case of Stop and Search
Ben BradfordIan Loader
INTRODUCTION: WHY STOP AND SEARCH?

What is the social purpose of the police and how does and should this purpose relate to the ways in which police power is controlled and governed? How central to that purpose is the control and investigation of crime? Or are the police invested with a more omnibus function pertaining to the reproduction of social order – whether that be a ‘specific order’ protecting class and other sectional interests and/or a ‘general order’ from which all citizens of a polity benefit (Marenin 1982)? One view is that the primary activity of the police is crime – investigating offences and ...

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