The Relationship Between the Police and the Media.

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The relationship between the Police and the Media. Introduction. Since the start of modern policing the media have been there to report on crimes and incidents, they have also reported on how the police have responded and dealt with said crimes. From the case of Jack the Ripper where the media only had a notebook and newspaper at their disposal, to today’s modern age, with satellite television, the internet, and social media which run crime and news stories 24 hours a day, and are even accessible on mobile phones. This report will look at the relationship between the police and the media. It will start by touching on the history of modern policing and how Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel, saw a gap in crime management from the law enforcement of the time, introduced his “Bobbies” to the streets in 1829. It explains their roles within society and the public’s perception of this new law enforcement. It will look at the emergence of newspapers within Britain and how even in the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries the media reported crimes in all their gory details. The report then moves onto the police and the media looking at how much crime and what types of crime are reported on in the media and why, it will look at how the police and the media interact and problems that are caused by this interaction, such as moral panics. Looking at studies by Leslie Wilkins (1964), who coined the phrase “Deviancy Amplification” and Stanley Cohen (1964), who coined the phrase “Moral Panic”. The report will then move onto more up to date times looking at social media and the police and how the social media site Twitter was instrumental in the apprehension and prosecution of looters during the August 2011 Riots. Concluding with how the police and the media can move on and still be of benefit to each other. The History of the Modern Police Force and the early Media. Although the
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