This lively and comprehensive text combines an overview of the historical development of policing in the UK, with discussion of current debates and practice. It provides a global and comparative context, in order to shed light on contemporary issues. The book equips students with an in-depth understanding of the challenges and complexities of modern policing, including: " the relationship between the police and other criminal justice agencies " styles and approaches in practice " how to police political violence " diversity and the police " police accountability Featuring chapter summaries, case studies, study questions, an expansive glossary and a date chart listing significant events, the book is easy to use and helps students to reflect upon key themes. It is essential reading for criminology, criminal justice and policing undergraduates.

The Police Response to Crime

The police response to crime

Chapter Aims

The aims of this chapter are:

  • To evaluate changes in the nature of crime during the twentieth century;
  • To analyse how the police service responded to these changes in connection with reforms made to methods of policing;
  • To discuss changes made or proposed to the structure and organisation of policing in response to the changing nature of crime;
  • To consider developments affecting police weaponry in response to contemporary crime issues;
  • To consider the use made by the police of technology in combating contemporary crime.

The Changing Nature of Crime after 1945

Significant changes to both the scale and the nature of crime took place after the outbreak of war in 1939. The war provided new opportunities for criminal enterprise. It has been ...

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