A Certain Share of Low Cunning: A History of the Bow Street by David J. Cox PDF

By David J. Cox

ISBN-10: 0415627516

ISBN-13: 9780415627511

ISBN-10: 184392773X

ISBN-13: 9781843927730

This publication offers an account and research of the historical past of the Bow road Runners, precursors of contemporary police strength. via an in depth research of a variety of either qualitative and quantitative learn facts, this publication offers a clean perception into their background, arguing that using Bow road team of workers in provincially instigated circumstances used to be even more universal than has been assumed through many historians. It additionally demonstrates that the variety of actions performed via Bow highway group of workers when hired on such situations was once way more advanced than will be gleaned from nearly all of books and articles relating early nineteenth-century provincial policing, which frequently do little greater than contact at the position of Bow road. by way of describing a few of the roles and actions of the Bow road imperative officials with particular regard to situations originating within the provinces it additionally locations them firmly in the wider contexts of provincial law-enforcement and policing historical past.


The e-book investigates the categories of case within which the 'Runners' have been concerned, who hired them and why, how they operated, together with their interplay with neighborhood law-enforcement our bodies, and the way they have been perceived via those that applied their companies. It additionally discusses the legacy of the important officials in regards to next advancements inside of policing. Bow road Police workplace and its body of workers have lengthy been seemed by means of many historians as little greater than a discrete and infrequently inconsequential footnote to the heritage of policing, resulting in a partial and incomplete realizing in their paintings. This standpoint is challenged during this e-book, which argues that during numerous methods the usage of crucial officials in provincially instigated situations prepared the ground for very important next advancements in policing, specifically with reference to detective practices. it's also the 1st paintings to supply a transparent contrast among the significant officials and their much less senior colleagues.

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