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NCJ Number: 156449 Find in a Library
Title: Militant Tendencies: Paramilitarism in the British Police
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:35  Issue:3  Dated:(Summer 1995)  Pages:450-458
Author(s): A Hills
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 9
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article examines how fundamental misunderstandings of the nature of paramilitarism have led to differences of opinion concerning the presence of paramilitarism in the British police.
Abstract: In 1993, the British Journal of Criminology published two articles on the subject of paramilitarism in the British police. The exchanges between the authors formed the second round of a debate in which agreement is unlikely because the dispute is rooted in a fundamental difference of standpoint rather than in a failure to engage in each other's argument. Paramilitary can be a useful and accurate description of a role undertaken by organizations operating an essentially internal security function. It can also describe a style of policing, but, if it does, it should be made clear that the term is being used as a metaphor. The author of this article suggests that paramilitarism should be defined in terms of relationships; of the police to the military and to the state, as well as to the legal system and style of political process. Footnotes, references
Main Term(s): Police
Index Term(s): Criminal justice terminology; Criminology; Foreign police; Policy analysis; Theory; United Kingdom (UK)
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