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

By David J. Cox

This ebook presents an account and research of the background of the Bow highway Runners, precursors of latest police strength. via a close research of a variety of either qualitative and quantitative learn facts, this booklet presents a clean perception into their heritage, arguing that using Bow road body of workers in provincially instigated instances was once even more universal than has been assumed via many historians. It additionally demonstrates that the diversity of actions performed by way of Bow highway group of workers when hired on such situations was once way more complicated than might be gleaned from the vast majority of books and articles referring to early nineteenth-century provincial policing, which regularly do little greater than contact at the position of Bow road. via describing a few of the roles and actions of the Bow road important officials with particular regard to situations originating within the provinces it additionally areas them firmly in the wider contexts of provincial law-enforcement and policing background.

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 through those that applied their prone. It additionally discusses the legacy of the critical officials in regards to next advancements inside of policing. Bow highway Police workplace and its team of workers have lengthy been appeared via many historians as little greater than a discrete and sometimes inconsequential footnote to the background of policing, resulting in a partial and incomplete figuring out in their paintings. This point of view is challenged during this publication, which argues that during a number of methods the usage of relevant officials in provincially instigated circumstances prepared the ground for very important next advancements in policing, particularly in regards to detective practices. it's also the 1st paintings to supply a transparent contrast among the central officials and their much less senior colleagues.

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