The Principle of Prevention

  • Michael S. Pike


The origin of this principle can be traced to the influential writings of the Fielding brothers and Patrick Colquhoun during the latter half of the eighteenth century.1 A common thread of their reforming influence was that the objectives of a system of policing should be the prevention and detection of crime, the maintenance of order and the improvement of morals. They were concerned with the whole sphere of justice, the effectiveness of the law and the means of enforcing it.


Police Officer Crime Prevention Public Order Royal Commission Economic Deprivation 
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  1. 22.
    Sir Charles Reith, ‘A New Study of Police History’ (1956) p. 135.Google Scholar
  2. 36.
    Green Paper ‘Review of the Public Order Act 1936 and Related Legislation’, Cmnd 7891.Google Scholar

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