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


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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