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Patterns of policing in the post-emancipation British Caribbean, 1835–95
in Policing the empire
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This chapter examines the principal methods which were employed to police the labouring classes in the British Caribbean in the post-emancipation period. It focuses on the sugar colony of Trinidad and the non-plantation colony of the Bahamas. The announcement of the withdrawal of the imperial troops by the British government resulted in the militarisation of the police force in both Trinidad and the Bahamas. In the Bahamas the police force was reorganised along more military lines in 1891. Legislation that year created a constabulary force which was distinct from the existing police force. The lingering fear of colonial administrators that disturbances might develop from the Carnival celebrations resulted in the Trinidad police force assuming a paramilitary character prior to the Colonial Office's announcement of the withdrawal of the imperial troops. Questions of class and of race had a powerful influence over the exclution of nineteenth-century policing in the British Caribbean.

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Policing the empire

Government, Authority and Control, 1830–1940


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