The chapter explores the role of the uniformed police in crime detection in connection with a murder case in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1863. The care and skill demonstrated in the police handling of the crime scene runs counter to the popular perception of constables as unskilled men whose chief function was crime prevention rather than investigation. Research into nineteenth-century policing has often focused on London, but the actions of the Newcastle police in this case indicate a level of sophistication in policing and a methodical, almost scientific, approach to crime scene analysis that has perhaps not previously been appreciated.
|Title of host publication
|Crime and the Construction of Forensic Objectivity from 1850
|Published - 23 Dec 2019
|Palgrave Histories of Policing, Punishment and Justice