Considerations Regarding National or Regional Police Forces

  • Ian Oliver


One of the fears that has been expressed over the years, particularly during the 1984–5 miners’ strike and to a lesser extent during the disorders in 1980–1, is that a national police force seems to be inevitable. The existence of the National Reporting Centre has been seen as a manifestation of incipient central government control, and the prospect of such an occurrence is generally viewed with disapproval.


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Notes and References

  1. 7.
    See also I. T. Oliver, ‘Independence and Impartiality’, Police Review, 2 November 1984.Google Scholar
  2. 9.
    Sir Philip Knights, ‘Ultimate Command — the Responsibilities of Chief Constables in the 1980s’, Police Journal, October/December 1981, pp. 331 et seq.Google Scholar

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© Ian Oliver 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian Oliver
    • 1
  1. 1.Central Scotland PoliceStirlingScotland

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