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

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By David J. Cox

This booklet offers an account and research of the historical past of the Bow highway Runners, precursors of modern police strength. via an in depth research of quite a lot of either qualitative and quantitative examine information, this booklet offers a clean perception into their background, arguing that using Bow highway group of workers in provincially instigated situations was once even more universal than has been assumed via many historians. It additionally demonstrates that the diversity of actions conducted by way of Bow highway body of workers while hired on such instances was once way more complicated than should be gleaned from the vast majority of books and articles relating early nineteenth-century provincial policing, which regularly do little greater than contact at the position of Bow highway. by way of describing a few of the roles and actions of the Bow highway crucial officials with particular regard to instances originating within the provinces it additionally locations them firmly in the wider contexts of provincial law-enforcement and policing heritage.

The ebook investigates the kinds 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 via those that applied their companies. It additionally discusses the legacy of the important officials in regards to next advancements inside of policing. Bow road Police workplace and its team of workers have lengthy been seemed by way of many historians as little greater than a discrete and sometimes inconsequential footnote to the heritage of policing, resulting in a partial and incomplete knowing in their paintings. This point of view is challenged during this ebook, which argues that during numerous methods the usage of critical officials in provincially instigated circumstances lead the way for very important next advancements in policing, in particular in regards to detective practices. it's also the 1st paintings to supply a transparent contrast among the imperative officials and their much less senior colleagues.

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