Sir Robert Mark's achievement as Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police is one of the great success stories of our national life. Not only did he root out corruption that was firmly entrenched in the CID, he led his men to a series of brilliant victories against terrorism and violent crime. The sieges of Spaghetti House and Balcombe Street are models that have been studied and admired by police forces the world over. Such a record of practical success would have been enough for most men. But as this book shows, Sir Robert fought hardest over questions of principle. Is the jury system, indeed the whole adversary system of criminal justice, satisfactory or does it make life altogether too easy for the men who organize professional crime? What remedy, if any, have society and the police against the deliberate misuse of legal privilege by unscrupulous lawyers? Above all, what is the function of the police and to whom should they be answerable now that so great a part of their effort is directed towards containing violence that is social and political rather than criminal in its aims and origins? Like the police he so ably defended when politicians or media men tried to misrepresent them, Sir Robert reveals himself in this book as an inextricable combination of the high-minded and the earthy, the idealist and the practical man. The police are, and in his view ought to be, independent of political control. They are there to hold the ring of democratic argument and they rely for their effectiveness on the decent instincts and civilized standards of the people they represent and defend.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 2160323
Book Description Collins, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0002160323