As the fear of violent crime escalates, there are calls for the police to carry guns. This examination of the history of violent crime and violence against the representatives of law and order looks at the extent to which the "unarmed" British police have had recourse to firearms in the past.
Times Literary Supplement, 11/7/97 - reviewed by David Ramsbotham
"Roy Ingleton demonstrates that there is no evidence to show that unarmed police suffer more casualties than armed, when going about their normal duties. The question will always be under review, and he is to be thanked for the assistance that his book provides to those responsible for deciding the answer."
International Journal of Police Science and Management, Vol 2, No 3, Dec 99
"The issue of whether routinely to arm the British police has been debated for over 100 years … Roy Ingleton"s book provides a dispassionate examination of the issues surrounding this issue."
Contemporary Review, 1/10/97
"His style is clear and easy to read. By the end of the first chapter you have learned some interesting facts that make you want to read on … The conclusion of the book I found just as fascinating as the rest of it. I am glad he wrote it. Many things are now clearer in my mind.