Book Reviews : The Policeman in the Community By Michael Banton:London, Tavistock Publications Ltd., 1964. 276 pp. 30s
AbstractBook ReviewsThe Policeman in the Community By Michael BantonLondon, Tavistock Publications Ltd., 1964. 276 pp. 30s SAGE Publications, Inc.1965DOI: 10.1177/030639686500600316 T.E. James The police in Britain form a subject which, above others, will give rise to a remarkably free expression of emotive opinion. Despite the Royal Commission Report on the Police (1962) and work done in recent years by social scientists, very little reliance is placed by the man in the street on findings of fact as opposed to value judgments. This is a study in occupational sociology. Dr. Banton has collected basic descriptive material, relating to various police forces, with a view to getting a better understanding of police-public relations. His basic thesis is that the policeman has to be seen as one of society's agents for social control, not merely as a law enforcement agent. His chief concern is with the patrolman on the beat. For this purpose he has studied a patrol division in a Scottish city in some detail (Chapter 2). Thereafter, he has considered three American police departments and also general problems of police organisation in Britain and the U.S.A. (Chapters 3 and 8). Since the three particular areas studied in the U.S.A.