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Policing MoralsThe Metropolitan Police and the Home Office 1870–1914$
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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

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The Home Office, the Law, and the Metropolitan Police

The Home Office, the Law, and the Metropolitan Police

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Policing Morals

Stefan Petrow

Oxford University Press

As state powers increased, so did the power and influence of bureaucracy. By 1910, England, as Ramsay Muir noted, depended heavily on bureaucracy and was governed by bureaucracy. This chapter examines the Home Office and their role controlling the Metropolitan Police, in the framing of policies, in legislation, and in interpreting and administering Acts. The chapter also discusses issues on the seemingly selective and class-based laws. The chapter also looks at the introduction of new categories and new social identities that were formed to further state control over morality and criminality. The chapter also discusses the increasing role of the Metropolitan Police, a central and powerful engine of the government that enforced social discipline among the working class through a set of laws. In London, the Metropolitan Police were used by successive governments to experiment with various methods of control. Originally created as part of the growing demand for social order, the Metropolitan Police became a representation of penetration and concrete authority, a strong presence among the daily lives of the Victorians in London.

Keywords:   state powers, bureaucracy, Home Office, Metropolitan Police, framing of policies, legislation, laws, morality, government, social discipline

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