Great Britain: Bobbies in Trouble

When constabulary duty's to be done, The policeman's lot is not a happy one.

— The Pirates of Penzance

To the U.S. tourist driving on the right but wrong side of the road, or hopelessly demanding a drink at midnight, the London police seem paragons of patience. Whether breaking up a race riot or gingerly plucking anti-nuclear squatters from the pavement, the brawny, pink-cheeked bobby almost never resorts to the panicky brutality of the French flic or the officious zeal of the German Polizist. Britain's police, armed only with a night stick, still believe in pounding a beat. Its streets...

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