The New Policing provides a comprehensive introduction to the critical issues confronting policing today. It incorporates an overview of traditional approaches to the study of the police with a discussion of current perspectives. The book goes on to examine key themes, including the core purpose of contemporary policework; the reconfiguration of police culture; organizational issues and dilemmas currently confronting the police; the managerial reforms and professional innovations that have been implemented in recent years; and the future of policing, security, and crime control. In offering this discussion of the nature and role of the police, The New Policing illustrates the need to re-examine and re-think the theoretical perspectives that have constituted policing studies. Examining evidence from the UK, the USA, and other western societies, the book promotes and enables an understanding of the cultural and symbolic significance of policing in society.

The Cultural Construction of the Police

The Cultural Construction of the Police

The cultural construction of the police

This chapter considers how a very particular cultural representation of the British police was established prior to and in many respects anticipated sociological analysis of policing. Today, the police constable, or ‘bobby on the beat’ can be found in virtually every tourist gift shop in London in a bewildering number of formats: postcards, key rings, puppets, dolls, teddy bears, coffee mugs, T-shirts all carry this instantly recognizable image of the English police. An avuncular ‘bobby’ has even featured on the front page of brochures for holidays in London. No other European capital carries such an array of police-based tourist trinkets. We must look to North America for comparable merchandising of the police officer. The ...

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