Off the Beat

The Changing Role of the Police
  • Patrick McNeill


The Taylor report on the Hillsborough disaster, which placed the blame firmly on the South Yorkshire police, was another heavy blow to their public image. At least, in that instance, the police were convicted only of incompetence, aggravated by a refusal to admit fault. That is perhaps an improvement on being shown as corrupt, in the case of the Guildford Four, or out of control, as at Wapping, or guilty of criminal assaults, as in recent cases where courts have awarded damages against the police. Whatever happened to the traditional British bobby, a figure known to student readers of this book only through old films?


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Further Reading

  1. Reiner, R. (1985) The Politics of the Police (Wheatsheaf).Google Scholar

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© David Barrat, Chris Brown, Tony Cole, Peter de la Cour, David Cutler and Karim Murji, Roger Gomm, Patrick McNeill 1991

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