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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

Chapter:
(p.557) 14. The Police
Source:
The British Constitution in the Twentieth Century
Author(s):

Clive Emsley

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263198.003.0014

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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