In the early 20th century, law enforcement in the United Kingdom clung to many of the legacies of its Victorian origins. However, by 1950, British police forces had earned a reputation as some of the world’s best.
But was such a view justified? How did the organization, training, and methods of law enforcement evolve during the mid-twentieth century to embrace modernization? How did detectives go about apprehending criminals? And what role did police officers play within society?
Anthony Martienssen carried out a thorough study of numerous police forces in Britain to answer such questions. He provides insight into the day-to-day activities of police officers and how they were trained before they went on the beat. Through in-depth case histories of crimes he explains how the specialized work of the Criminal Investigation Department and Scotland Yard functions.
Crime and the Police is a remarkable study of mid-twentieth century policing. There are few other books that explain so well about how modern law enforcement developed and it should be essential reading for all interested in the history of the police or even for those who enjoy settling down to watch Inspector Morse and pondering the intricacies of detective work.