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The Public and the Police

Harriet Sergeant, June 2008

Expenditure on the police force is at record levels but there is widespread public dissatisfaction, while the police complain of being short of resources. They are not intended to be servants of the state, but of the communities they serve. Their powers are personal and derived from the crown, but this essential feature of British policing – policing by consent – is now in jeopardy.

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