The Great British Bobby by Clive Emsley
A History of British Policing from the 18th Century to the Present

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The Victorians called him "Bobby" after Sir Robert Peel, the Home Secretary who created the Metropolitan Police in 1829. The generations that followed came to regard the force in which he served as "the best police in the world." If 21st- century observers sometimes take a more jaundiced view of his efforts, the blue-helmeted, unarmed policeman remains an icon of Britishness, and a symbol of the relatively peaceful nature of our social evolution. In The Great British Bobby, Clive Emsley traces the development of Britain's forces of law and order from the earliest watchmen and constables of the pre-modern period to the police service of today.

About Clive Emsley

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Clive Emsley is co-director of the International Center for Comparative Criminological Research at the Open University and president of the International Association for the History of Crime and Criminal Justice.
Published July 1, 2010 by Quercus. 336 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Law & Philosophy.

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When the first police officer was killed in a demonstration in 1833, the jury returned a verdict of justifiable homicide, and the verdict on an early death in police custody was "wilful murder by a police officer".

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