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Consent, coercion and colonial control
Policing the empire, 1830–1940
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From the Victorian period to the present, images of the policeman have played a prominent role in the literature of empire, shaping popular perceptions of colonial policing. The administrative and legal systems within which the colonial police worked and the laws which they sought to enforce were often significantly different in many respects from those which prevailed in England. In the early stages of the establishment of colonial control, or in the process of its extension over outlying territories, in function and form the colonial police were often indistinguishable from a military garrison. As patterns of authority, of accountability and of consent, control and coercion evolved in each colony the general trend was towards a greater concentration of police time upon crime. The most important aspect of imperial linkage in colonial policing was the movement of personnel from one colony to another.

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Policing the empire

Government, Authority and Control, 1830–1940


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