Night Watch to Police, 1811-28

  • Elaine A. Reynolds


every plan which proceeded upon the principle of the personal attendance of the inhabitants, would be ineffectual, from the want of authority to compel attendance. That it would become most burthensome and expensive, from the loss of time which every inhabitant must incur; as well as injurious to the health of many, from the nightly labour, and the general irregularities which such duties occasion, where men are collected together who are not used to have their rest disturbed. That subscribers would, in the end, form themselves into companies for the purposes of conviviality or frolic, rather than for patrolling the streets

This is as succinct a description of the problems inherent in the system of personal obligation as can be found?


Property Crime Special Constable Select Committee Legal Opinion Police Committee 
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© Elaine A. Reynolds 1998

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