Emsley traces the development of Britain's forces of law and order from the early watchmen to the technological police services of today. He examines in detail the Police Acts of 1839, the introduction of women police officers and the Macpherson report of 1999 into the death of Stephen Lawrence
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'Exhaustively researched account . fascinating' Brian Paddick, Guardian.
'Informative jaunt through the history of the modern bobby . worth reading' Daily Telegraph.
'The doyen of police history has produced a well-informed, thoughtful account of British policing over 200 years that is a pleasure to read . deserves to be read by historians, criminologists and the general public alike' BBC History magazine.
'In his main ambition Emsley succeeds brilliantly. He sets out to put the individual police officer, particularly, the constable, centre stage. The Great British Bobby is a signally well-peopled history from below, almost a collective biography . lively, enjoyable and hugely knowledgeable . it deserves, and will surely get, a very wide audience indeed.' Times Literary Supplement.
'This is a book that has needed to be written for some time .. His research and sources are meticulous' Police History Society Newsletter.