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CCTV and PolicingPublic Area Surveillance and Police Practices in Britain$
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Benjamin J. Goold

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199265145

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265145.001.0001

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CCTV and Policing

Benjamin J. Goold

Oxford University Press

This book has addressed two questions: How has the introduction of CCTV affected policing practices in Britain? What does the police response to CCTV tell us about the future of policing? It finds that the spread of CCTV has had little significant impact on the practices and organization of the police in the Southern Region. Regardless of whether CCTV schemes are run by the police or local authorities, officers on the street and in the station have not rushed to embrace this new technology or integrate it into their daily work routines. Instead, most have simply acknowledged the presence of the cameras and continued to go about the task of policing as they have always done. Aside from raising important questions about the way in which the police adapt to technological change, this book highlights the need for a re-examination of some of our central assumptions about the relationship between surveillance and social control.

Keywords:   CCTV, Britain, policing, Southern Region, surveillance, social control, technological change, police

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