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'Home and Away': The Cross-Fertilisation between 'Colonial' and 'British' Policing, 1921-85

Sinclair, Georgina and Williams, Chris (2007). 'Home and Away': The Cross-Fertilisation between 'Colonial' and 'British' Policing, 1921-85. Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 35(2) pp. 221–238.

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Considering the material links between empire and metropole, we examine the way that the movement of police officers interacted with developing police ethos, culture and expertise. Although British policing was represented as consensual and Imperial policing, following the Irish pattern, as punitive, in the inter-war period British chief constables were recruited in significant numbers from Ireland. Barriers to the large-scale repatriation of colonial police during decolonisation were created by the 'officer-class' nature of the 'European' members of these forces, and British racism which prevented non-white rank-and-file from transferring from force to force. Interaction was characterised by the deployment of 'home' police, most significantly to Cyprus. Senior British police officers also played the role of technocratic consultants. British and Imperial models of policing converged, and by the 1980s the expertise of returned ex-colonial police was being replaced by training selected senior British police in the haut police role at the Royal College of Defence Studies.

Item Type: Article
ISSN: 0308-6534
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
Item ID: 7866
Depositing User: Chris Williams
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 10:01
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