Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Invisible MenThe Secret Lives of Police Constables in Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham, 1900-1939$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Joanne Klein

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312359

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316104

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM LIVERPOOL SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.liverpool.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Liverpool University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in LSO for personal use.date: 20 September 2021



(p.310) Conclusion
Invisible Men
Liverpool University Press

In Manchester, Birmingham, and Liverpool, the prospects for a constable joining the police force in the 1930s were very different from those back in the 1900s. The 1900s recruit was more likely to quit within three years than the 1930s recruit. Although busier, a 1930s constable often broke fewer regulations than his 1900s counterpart as policing became a more stable occupation and working-class drinking declined. Postwar police constables got into less trouble, but the paradoxical coexistence of internal camaraderie and factions persisted. The 1919 Police Act had a huge impact on the role of the prewar policemen but it was this Act that differentiated them most from their postwar counterparts. Constables generally exercised caution in their treatment of women. More constables stayed until retirement after the war both due to better discipline and the 1919 Police Act improvements.

Keywords:   Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, police constables, women, 1919 Police Act, retirement, factions, camaraderie, policing

Liverpool Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.