The English Police

A Political and Social History

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A comprehensive history of policing from the eighteenth century onwards, which draws on largely unused police archives. Clive Emsley addresses all the major issues of debate; he explores the impact of legislation and policy at both national and local levels, and considers the claim that the English police were non-political and free from political control. In the final section, he looks at the changing experience of police life. Established as a standard introduction to the subject on its first appearance, the Second Edition has been substantially revised and is now published under the Longman imprint for the first time.




  • Taylor and Francis; September 2014
  • ISBN 9781317890249
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure EPUB format
  • Title: The English Police
  • Author: Clive Emsley
  • Imprint: Routledge

About The Author

Clive Emsley  is Professor of History at the Open University and President of the International Association for the HIstory of Crime and Criminal Justice.