As Queen Victoriaâ€™s reign commenced the old watchmen were still patrolling the streets and Bow Street Runners were still investigating crime in London; the counties and boroughs were being policed by their own unpaid parish constables. This book details the demise of the old policing systems and the development of Sir Robert Peelâ€™s â€˜New Policeâ€™, or â€˜Peelersâ€™ as they were commonly called. It gives a vivid account of what it was like to be one of these revolutionary new officers and why a policemanâ€™s lot was not always a happy one. But above all it explains why Britainâ€™s police service has become the envy of all other police forces throughout the world.
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