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.
Chapter 8: The Police and Politics
The Police and Politics
The aims of this chapter are:
- To examine the transition of the police as servants of local elites to becoming state functionaries;
- To identify the police as defenders of the state against those who pose a threat to it, specifically considering the policing of protest;
- To evaluate the concept of paramilitary policing;
- To discuss the role of the police as political actors and to consider the role of the key police staff associations in this context.
The Police Service and the State
It was argued in Chapter 1 that the police performed an array of functions during the nineteenth century that were concerned with providing services to the communities in which they operated. These activities might on occasions assume political significance, for example ...