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Corrupt and confused?

This summer, the police faced the crises of phone hacking and riots. The force is changing, but in the wrong way

By Martin Innes   September 2011

The British police: a conservative institution that struggled to adjust to post-second world war change

Images of police in full riot gear against a backdrop of burning buildings and marauding looters have seared themselves into the collective memory. The riots, sparked by the police shooting of a man in Tottenham (a non-police-issue gun was found at the scene), have challenged the reputation of Britain’s constabularies. In so doing, they sharpened concerns about policing that emerged a month earlier during the News International phone-hacking scandal.

These are the kind of events that can corrode long-term confidence in the police and shake…

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