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About this Course

About the Course

This course, by Professor Daniel McCarthy (University of Surrey) explores policing. In the first lecture, we think about a history of policing, up until the 1829 Metropolitan Police Act. In the second lecture, we think about how policing has changed and developed since 1829. Next, we think about some key functions of policing and ways in which certain departments in police forces specialise. In the fourth and final lecture, we think about diversity in the police force and trust relationships between the police and their communities.

About the Lecturer

Professor Daniel McCarthy is professor in criminology in the Department of Sociology and co-director of the Centre for Criminology at the University of Surrey. Professor McCarthy’s research interests are in policing, inter-agency working and the effects of incarceration on the incarcerated and their families. Some of Professor McCarthy’s recent publications include ‘Gendering ‘soft’ policing: Multi-agency working, female cops, and the fluidities of police cultures’ (2013) and ‘Can family-prisoner relationships ever improve during incarceration? Examining the primary caregivers of incarcerated young men’ (2019).