Arming the British Police: The Great Debate

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Taylor & Francis US, 1996 - Political Science - 146 pages
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As the fear of violent crime escalates, many inhabitants of the British Isles are calling for the police to carry guns. Even the police themselves, long staunch opponents of the idea, are beginning to view this as a necessary measure to enable them to protect themselves. Many others, however, remain strongly opposed to the concept of the police being regularly armed when on duty. In particular, they believe that this country could follow the American example, with a horrifying increase in shootings. Arming the British Police examines the history of violent crime and violence against the representatives of law and order, and looks at the extent to which the 'unarmed' British police have had recourse to firearms in the past, with some surprising findings.
 

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Contents

The policemans lot
19
Pistolpacking policemen
35
Deadly force
63
To be or not to be
93
Abroad is unutterably bloody
109
Conclusions
123
The New Zealand Police
135
Further reading and selected bibliography
141
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Ingleton, after National service with "The Gloucesters" in Korea, joined the police and served 26 years with the Kent County Constabulary.

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