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This booklet offers an account and research of the background of the Bow highway Runners, precursors of modern day police strength. via a close research of a variety of either qualitative and quantitative examine information, this e-book offers a clean perception into their background, arguing that using Bow road body of workers in provincially instigated circumstances used to be even more universal than has been assumed by way of many historians. It additionally demonstrates that the diversity of actions performed by way of Bow road group of workers when hired on such situations was once way more complicated than might be gleaned from nearly all of books and articles referring to early nineteenth-century provincial policing, which regularly do little greater than contact at the function of Bow highway. by way of describing a few of the roles and actions of the Bow highway significant officials with particular regard to instances originating within the provinces it additionally locations them firmly in the wider contexts of provincial law-enforcement and policing heritage.


The booklet investigates the categories of case during which the 'Runners' have been concerned, who hired them and why, how they operated, together with their interplay with neighborhood law-enforcement our bodies, and the way they have been perceived via those that applied their companies. It additionally discusses the legacy of the vital officials in regards to next advancements inside policing. Bow highway Police workplace and its body of workers have lengthy been looked through many historians as little greater than a discrete and infrequently inconsequential footnote to the historical past of policing, resulting in a partial and incomplete knowing in their paintings. This point of view is challenged during this e-book, which argues that during a number of methods the usage of vital officials in provincially instigated situations lead the way for vital next advancements in policing, in particular with reference to detective practices. it's also the 1st paintings to supply a transparent contrast among the vital officials and their much less senior colleagues.

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