A History of Police in England


Captain W. L. Melville Lee

Series: European Political, Economic, and Security Issues
BISAC: HIS015000

The character of a nation is so profoundly influenced by the nature of the control to which it is subjected, that a due appreciation of the scope of police functions and a proper knowledge of the origin and extent of the powers and duties delegated to them must possess a more than academic interest. This book, originally published in 1901, provides a thorough account of the English police system at the beginning of the twentieth century and offers many points of view that are relevant today.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Introduction (pp. 1-6)

Chapter 1. Anglo-Saxon and Norman Police (pp. 7-20)

Chapter 2. Watch and Ward (pp. 21-36)

Chapter 3. Justice and Constable (pp. 37-50)

Chapter 4. Forest Police and Police in the Fifteenth Century (pp. 51-66)

Chapter 5. Commercial Police and Police Under the Tudors (pp. 67-78)

Chapter 6. Ecclesiastical Police and Police Under James I (pp. 79-96)

Chapter 7. Military Police and Police Under Charles II (pp. 97-118)

Chapter 8. Bow Street Police and Magisterial Reform (pp. 119-132)

Chapter 9. Parochial Police of the Eighteenth Century (pp. 133-146)

Chapter 10. Police at the Dawn of the Nineteenth Century (pp. 147-162)

Chapter 11. Pioneer Reformers (pp. 163-170)

Chapter 12. “The New Police” (pp. 171-182)

Chapter 13. Public Opposition to the “New Police” (pp. 183-194)

Chapter 14. Police Reform in Boroughs (pp. 195-206)

Chapter 15. Police Reform in Counties (pp. 207-228)

Chapter 16. Co-Operative Police and the Suppression of Riots (pp. 229-246)

Chapter 17. Police Statistics and Penology (pp. 247-268)

Chapter 18. Detective Police and the Right of Public Meeting (pp. 269-284)

Chapter 19. Conclusion (pp. 285-298)

Index (pp. 299)

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