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The Liverpool UnderworldCrime in the City, 1750-1900$
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Michael Macilwee

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846316999

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317064

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(p.11) Two Policing
The Liverpool Underworld
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This chapter examines the history of the policing in Liverpool in the nineteenth century. It explains that prior to the establishment of formal policing, Liverpool's streets at night were looked after by a band of watchmen called ‘Charlies’ and that the crime deterrence was dependent on the so–called Bloody Code. Professional policing was created with the passage of the 1835 the Municipal Corporations Act. This chapter describes policies procedures for social control and resistance, and highlights the prevalence of police brutality.

Keywords:   policing, watchmen, Charlies, crime deterrence, Bloody Code, police procedures, social control, police brutality

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