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Invisible MenThe Secret Lives of Police Constables in Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham, 1900-1939$
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Joanne Klein

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312359

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316104

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Putting on the Uniform

Putting on the Uniform

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(p.11) 1 Putting on the Uniform
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Invisible Men
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846316104.002

In England, working-class families encouraged their sons to apply to the police force to earn regular wages and a chance for promotion. Believing that policing paid a steady wage for little effort, a constant stream of unqualified applicants lined up hoping to be hired. Most of the applicants failed to meet basic police physical and education requirements. This chapter focuses on how men could become police constables in Manchester, Birmingham, and Liverpool during the early twentieth century, from application to training and probation to actual policing.

Keywords:   Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, police constables, policing, training, probation, application, England, police force

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