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Policing Public Order: Theoretical and Practical Issues

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C Critcher, D Waddington
Date Published
275 pages
These 16 papers examine the following six aspects of public order policing in the United Kingdom and other countries: (1) theories of public disorder, (2) practical aspects of public order policing, (3) policing divided societies, (4) police composition and culture, (5) the implications of police reform, and (6) future trends.
Individual papers examine the core mandate of policing, the relevance of the flashpoints model to the 1995 demonstrations and vigils against the export of live animals at seaports and airports in England, racial violence in London's East End, and issues related to race and disorder in England's interior areas. Additional papers focus on changes in policing of social protest in England and Wales since World War II, the police role in preventing public disorder, political aspects of public order policing, police-society relations in Northern Ireland, and marshal training in South Africa. Further papers discuss changes in the role of women in policing, the use of special constables in the policing of public disorder, and new approaches to police accountability in Great Britain. Other papers examine the contrasting roles of enforcement and community policing in addressing public disorder, international law enforcement cooperation in the European Union, and the future of policing in the United Kingdom. Chapter reference lists