An expert in criminal history, and member of the International Centre for the History of Crime, Policing, and Justice (part of the International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research), Dr Wiliams discusses the perceived increase in violence on police officers with journalist Simon Boazman. The 1840s were the most dangerous years for the police, with officers beaten to death by crowds, but 1982 saw 6 officers killed during the year, and 5 were killed in 1991. There were approximately 28,000 recorded assaults on police offiers a decade ago, compared to around 7000 today.
Catch the piece on the BBC’s iplayer, with the interview with Dr Williams from timecode 5:00.
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