The Police Function: What Do the Police Do?

  • Mark Roycroft


The policing function in the UK is determined by both history and the lack of legal definitions of the police’s statutory functions. Millie (2014, p. 59) commented that ‘The Policing task comprises a mix of crime control, social service and order maintenance functions.’ CC37 described the localism debate as ‘ruling every bit of thinking on Policing, it (collaboration) is a different landscape not a better landscape, but integration will happen by osmosis as Forces will start to topple, we all start from different parts of the grid’.


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  1. Millie, A. (2014) What are the police for? Re-thinking policing post-austerity’, in J.M. Brown (ed.) The Future of Policing, Abingdon: RoutledgeGoogle Scholar
  2. IPCC report on the Pilkington case May 2011. Accessed 15 September

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Roycroft
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  1. 1.University of East LondonStratfordUnited Kingdom

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