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The Dialectics of Dixon: The Changing Image of the TV Cop

  • Robert Reiner
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Abstract

Policing in Great Britain has always been as much a matter of image as substance. The modern professional police force was only established in the early nineteenth century after nearly a century of abortive attempts by its utilitarian protagonists (Emsley, 1983 and 1991; Palmer, 1988; Reiner, 1992a, Part 1). Sir Robert Peel and the other architects of the ‘new police’ confronted a wide array of opposition, from the top to the bottom of the social hierarchy. This was couched in a rhetoric of concern for the traditional liberties of the English, which were seen as threatened by a police force that would inevitably be a tool of government, an oppressive agency of political and social control.

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