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 Methods of Policing

The methods of policing

Chapter Aims

The aims of this chapter are:

  • To identify the methods used to police local communities from 1829 onwards and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of these methods;
  • To evaluate contemporary methods of policing;
  • To discuss the reassurance agenda and consider the methods of policing that were developed to deliver it;
  • To evaluate developments since 1945 that have led to police functions being carried out by private sector organisations.

The Policing of Local Communities

This section analyses the various methods through which policing has been delivered to local communities since the early part of the nineteenth century.

Preventive Policing

As is argued in Chapter 1, the emphasis of nineteenth-century police work was upon the prevention of crime. This was implemented by ‘home beat’ policing, whereby a ...

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