Policing the Wild North-West: A Sociological Study of the by Zhiqiu Lin

By Zhiqiu Lin

The 1st complete social historical past of provincial police in western Canada among 1905 & 1932, writer Zhiqiu Lin investigates the complicated dating among the function of policing, the political sphere, & social development. This publication makes an attempt to examine the consequences on provincial police in Alberta & Saskatchewan of varied social phenomena starting from political radicals & vagrants, to prohibition bootleggers & black marketplace profiteers. those components put huge, immense calls for at the improvement of policing & had an important impression on 3 particular & interrelated components: first, the professionalisation of police firms inside society, as evidenced by means of alterations in policing know-how, various political agendas, & possibly most significantly, in the police organizations themselves; moment, the moving of concentration clear of the 'dangerous periods' & social agitators in the direction of investigative strategies required for fixing severe crime; and, ultimately, the influence of policing at the premiums of crime as stimulated through the function of cops as brokers of social switch & the worth of social carrier in strengthening group & decreasing the incentive in the direction of criminality. The ebook concludes with an exam of the transition among federal & provincial duties for policing within the provinces, the explanations for the disbandonment of the provincial police forces, & the wider problems with police improvement & the rationalisation of policing in smooth society.

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2 According to the plan of Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the federal government would continue to control the public land and school legislation that would allow a tax-supported separate Roman Catholic school system in the provinces. In return, he would offer the services of the RNWMP to new provinces. But the RNWMP never became a subject of negotiation. 3 However, it was recognized that the practical solution to the issues of policing in the provinces for both the federal and the provincial governments was that the RNWMP would continue to provide services in the provinces.

Compared to the impact of the other measures of modern discipline, it is not clear how much the police can account for the declining trends in crime. Even so, in this book we explore the impact of changes in police forces, police strength, and alternative police policies on different trends of crime in the period 905–50. This period allows some comparisons to be drawn between the Northwest Mounted Police, the provincial police, and the RCMP on crime in Alberta and Saskatchewan. P. 76 The argument of police development as a professionalization process is merely an 22 | POLICING THE WILD NORTH-WEST analytical vehicle and a theoretical perspective.

The professionalization of policing is reflected first in the creation of a modern uniformed professional police. There was not a universal reason for the creation of the police in all places and times. The control of the dangerous classes was a common activity that the new police performed initially after their creation. At first, these police activities were highly class-biased. The most important characteristics of modern professional police are their bureaucratic organizations. The merits of such organizations are their capacity to eliminate political and ideological influence on police activities by emphasizing the autonomy of the rule of law.

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