Marketing the brand: exporting British police models 1829-1950

Emsley, Clive (2012). Marketing the brand: exporting British police models 1829-1950. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 6(1) pp. 43–54.



The International Police assistance Board (IPAB) was established in 2008 with the declared aim of marketing the internationally respected brand of UK Police. Yet there is no such entity as the UK Police. This article traces the history of exporting models of British policing from the creation of the Metropolitan Police in 1829 to the period immediately following the Second World War. It makes a critical assessment of the contrast between English and Irish models and a shift in policy following the defeat of the Axis powers. It also notes the problem of attempting to transplant an ethos that emerged in one country into the very different cultural persceptions of another.

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