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The British Constitution in the Twentieth Century$
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Vernon Bogdanor

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263198

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263198.001.0001

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The Police

The Police

(p.557) 14. The Police
The British Constitution in the Twentieth Century

Clive Emsley

British Academy

This chapter examines the changes in police and policing in Great Britain during the twentieth century. It explains that during that time there was a reduction in the number of individual police forces and that this was closely linked with the greater autonomy of senior officers within their jurisdictions. There was also a significant transformation from largely local policing to centrally directed policing as a result of the clarification of the police officer's constitutional role by legal ruling and legislation.

Keywords:   police, policing, Great Britain, senior officers, directed policing, constitutional role

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