Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Saul Becker, Mike Stephens
    Pages 1-9
  3. Simon Holdaway
    Pages 67-84
  4. Trevor Bennett
    Pages 107-129
  5. Susan S. M. Edwards
    Pages 131-150
  6. David Thorpe
    Pages 169-190
  7. Nigel G. Fielding, Sue Conroy
    Pages 191-211
  8. Mike Stephens, Saul Becker
    Pages 213-230
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 231-243

About this book


British policing faces major decisions about its future direction. Should it promote itself as a police force, dedicated to the attack on crime and public disorder, or should it adopt the mantle of police service, devoted to providing reassurance, flexibility to community wishes, and care? These are the critical decisions that the police face. The choice made will have implications for all citizens in our society. Together, a panel of eminent contributors examine the issues involved in this choice. They push the debate forward and show how complex are the interconnections between care and control within British policing. The implications are far-reaching and will influence not only the quality of policing but also the quality of life for all of us.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Mike Stephens
    • 1
  • Saul Becker
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Social SciencesLoughborough UniversityUK

About the editors

MIKE STEPHENS is Lecturer in Social Policy at Loughborough University. He has published widely in the area of criminal justice, particularly on issues related to operational policing, police involvement with the mentally ill, and police training. He has studied police methods in the USA and Italy, as well as in the UK, where currently he is undertaking a major Home Office funded study of police leadership and training.

SAUL BECKER is Director of Studies for the Master's degree programme in Policy, Organisation and Change in Professional Care in the Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University. He has researched extensively on care issues and is a former social worker.

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