Forward to the past: reinventing intelligence-led policing in Britain

Adrian James

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Drawing on archival, secondary material and primary research, this paper examines ‘Total Policing’, the strategy recently adopted by London’s Metropolitan Police. It situates that analysis within a critical examination of other innovative policing strategies previously employed in Britain. It argues that the prospects for Total Policing depend upon the resolution of long-standing problems such as: the inadequacy and inefficiency of local intelligence work; the paucity of evidence for the success of commanders’ previous efforts to harness together the component parts of their forces in pursuit of a single mission; and, above all, a seeming inability to learn the lessons of the past.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-88
JournalPolice Practice & Research
Issue number1
Early online date11 Feb 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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