The Creation of a Professional Forge, 1856–1914

  • David Taylor
Part of the Social History in Perspective book series (SHP)


The legislation of the second quarter of the nineteenth century created a framework for the development of policing, but it was only in the second half of the century that a network of ‘professional’ forces was brought into being.1 In comparison with the advent of the ‘new police’, these later changes have not attracted the same degree of historical scrutiny and yet, in many respects, they are of greater importance to an understanding of the development of modern policing. Furthermore, these years also saw a significant extension of police powers which brought more people into direct contact with the agents of the disciplinary state.


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  • David Taylor
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  1. 1.University of HuddersfieldUK

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