The Oh So Modern Police Force

The appearance of the Victorian Age witnessed the rise of the municipal  police force.  Today’s city dwellers would be shocked at the active response of high- and low-born Victorians alike when witnessing a crime; we have become inured to the outsourcing of our security.  As the police force expanded at an even greater rate than the population of London, many questions were raised and debated.  It was noted how often former police became criminals and visa versa.  The grand question bandied about was that of the self serving nature of the municipal police as an institution.  If the police succeeded in their task of eliminating crime, wouldn’t that mean an end to the police themselves? Today we question our loss of privacy, and some question the invasiveness of income tax, but who even realizes that the municipal police force is a new and unprecedented concept?

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