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NCJ Number: 150036 Find in a Library
Title: Dying in a Ditch: The Use of Police Powers in Public Order
Journal: International Journal of the Sociology of Law  Volume:21  Issue:4  Dated:(December 1993)  Pages:335-353
Author(s): P A J Waddington
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 19
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Data collected from February 1990 to New Year's Eve of 1992-93 in London form the basis of this analysis of police policies and procedures with respect to public-order policing in England.
Abstract: During the 1980's, the police acquired the coercive power to impose their will on unruly crowds, and the law gave them the power to do so. As a result, some commentators are concerned that the police will take a confrontational approach to political protests and other manifestations of dissent. They are also concerned that this approach is one step along the path to an authoritarian government. The inner-city riots and picket-line violence during the 1980's appear to substantiate this view. However, the observations of police approaches during the 2.5 years of research revealed that the enforcement of law and the employment of coercive tactics is uneven, rather than uniformly repressive. Therefore, to describe the policing of public order in contemporary Great Britain as drifting into a law-and-order society is too simplistic. Tables and 33 references
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): Crowd control; England; Police policies and procedures; Riot control; Urban policing
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