British Policing

Posted: October 10, 2011 in Uncategorized
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There is a commonly used phrase of British Policing.
What people tend not to realise is that there is no such thing.  In truth, England and Wales have particular rules and procedures that differ from those of Scotland and Northern Ireland.  I would suspect that most people are generally referring to the English and Welsh variety of policing, which is again subject to misunderstanding.  England and Wales is actually made up of 43 different police forces that tend to reflect county boundaries.
Scotland is itself made up of 8 individual forces, which have in recent times come to the conclusion that they would function better as one National force and may one day move towards this.  Such an idea in the rest of the mainland has been fiercely rejected.
For the benefit of this blog I will in the main concentrate on generalisations about the English and Welsh forces but you must appreciate that each force will have its differences in some areas compared to the other 42 forces.  However, there are some things that are standard across the countries.  Some of these similarities will include recruitment, training, pay and conditions and I will discuss some of these in my future blogs.
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