Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Policing MoralsThe Metropolitan Police and the Home Office 1870–1914$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Stefan Petrow

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198201656

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201656.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 23 February 2019

Conclusion

Conclusion

Chapter:
(p.294) Conclusion
Source:
Policing Morals
Author(s):

Stefan Petrow

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201656.003.0012

In the mid-18th century, John Stuart Mill warned of the possible adverse effects of unrestrained police powers on liberty. However, his warning was left unheard. By 1914, the powers of the Metropolitan Police under the direction of the Home Office flourished and grew. They imposed anarchic restrictions that suppressed society, most of which belonging to the lower strata. The restriction and the cumulative impact of police powers were both a nightmare and a failure. Instead of curbing the immoral and criminal ways of society particularly the lower classes, the oppressive restrictions created a more antagonistic society which led to the exercise of underground crimes which the hands of the Metropolitan Police could hardly penetrate. The failure of the police as well as their enormous power prompted moral reformers to call for prevention and moral instruction rather than punishment as solution to immorality. The drawbacks and setbacks of the role of the police and their oppressive power as well led to a vigilant and watchful society which safeguarded liberty and freedom to which the societies of today are greatly indebted to.

Keywords:   Metropolitan Police, Home Office, anarchic restrictions, punishment, prevention, liberty, immorality, police powers

Oxford 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 .