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Author Laybourn, Keith
Title Policing in England and Wales, 1918-39 [electronic resource] : the fed, flying squads and forensics / Keith Laybourn, David Taylor
Imprint Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
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Descript 1 online resource
Note Includes index
Includes bibliographical references (p. 243-248) and index
List of Tables -- Dedications -- Acknowledgements -- Abbreviations -- Introduction -- PART I: THE PROBLEM OF PUBLIC ORDER AND THE PROFESSIONALISATION OF THE POLICE -- The Legacy of the Great War: the Failure of Police Trade Unionism and the Emergence of the Police Federation of England and Wales -- Policing Public Order in the Interwar Years -- Detective and Scientific Work: A New Vista -- PART II: THE PROPHECY OF NAHUM: MOTOR VEHICLES, THE POLICE AND THE PUBLIC IN INTER-WAR BRITAIN -- 'A mere traffic signalling device'? The Debate on Policing and Traffic Control -- The Police and the Practicalities of Traffic Management -- Motoring Offences and the Enforcement of the Law -- Cars, Crime and Coppers: Combating the 'Smash and Grab' Raider -- Conclusion -- Endnotes -- Bibliography -- Index
Policing in England and Wales was transformed rapidly during the inter-war years (1918-1939) as a result of the threat of police strikes, the dramatic expansion of motor transport, and developments in forensic and detective work. The police strikes of 1918 and 1919 forced the British government to pass legislation which led to the formation of the Police Federation of England and Wales and the development of a pressure group for police officers, even though they did not have the right to strike. In the early 1930s there were pressures to make policing more professional through the use of forensic science as part of the expansion of the size and scope of detective work. Above all, the expansion of motorized road transport, with the consequent 'road holocaust ' of the 1930s, campaigns for road safety and against the 'road hogs' began to transform policing in England and Wales, not least because of the implications for manpower. These developments had implications for the relationship between the police officer and the motorist in which the police were less subservient than is often supposed. As a result policing in England and Wales was transformed rapidly from the Victorian and Edwardian emphasis upon the policeman's beat into the modern world of the forensic science, the control room and Q Cars
"An examination of the modernization of the English and Welsh police during the interwar years, focusing upon the increasing professionalization of the police, the Federation, forensic work and the growth of traffic policing. The authors challenge the established viewpoint by arguing that this period saw significant changes in policing"-- Provided by publisher
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Link Print version: Laybourn, Keith. Policing in England and Wales, 1918-39. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011 9780230232457 (DLC) 2011004146 (OCoLC)692287847
Subject Traffic police -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
Police -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
Social Science
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Freedom & Security -- Law Enforcement. bisacsh
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Alt Author Taylor, David, 1946 May 10-
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