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Policing Morals: The Metropolitan Police and the Home Office 1870–1914

Stefan Petrow


This book studies the Metropolitan Police in the period 1870–1914, the time when it was transformed into a recognizable modern professional police force. The book examines how the Metropolitan Police, under the direction of the Home Office, grew and changed over these years. It explores the ways in which policing methods developed, traces the growth of the police bureaucracy, and assesses the role played by public attitudes, relations with courts, police corruption, and the resistance of those policed. The book then focuses on what moral reformers in organized pressure groups claimed were seri ... More

Keywords: Metropolitan Police, police force, Home Office, policing methods, social order

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198201656
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201656.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stefan Petrow, author
University of Tasmania