Put the kettle on? the impact of the public-order containment tactic on police legitimacy

Aldworth, Nicholas (2012) Put the kettle on? the impact of the public-order containment tactic on police legitimacy. MA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    British history is signposted with politically motivated protest that forms a part of the fundamental rights and privileges of living in a thriving democracy. However, for a multitude of reasons, ranging from public safety to the protection of democracy itself, these protests often require the guidance and/or intervention of the police, who use a variety of tactics to achieve their aims. One such tactic is called ‘containment’ also known as ‘kettling’.
    In an intense, 30-day, period in late 2010, containment was used 4 times in Central London to exercise control over students protesting against education spending cuts. The violent nature of the protests and the effectiveness of the police response, including the use of containment, were subsequently subject to a Parliamentary enquiry amid allegations that the use of containment adversely impacts on fundamental human rights and societal freedoms.
    The aim of this research was to establish whether such serious allegations manifested themselves in the tactic having an impact on police legitimacy. The research followed two distinct strands, the first being a review of contemporary legitimacy theory and how it might overlay into public-order policing. The second was a series of interviews with key strategic-commentators who had an overview or involvement in the 2010 protests. The research tends to suggest that containment creates conditions that engage with contemporary legitimacy theory and therefore could harm the police/public relationship.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2013 14:32
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:12
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/10064

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