The Runners in a New Age of Policing, 1792–1815

J. M. Beattie

in The First English Detectives

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199695164
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738746 | DOI:
The Runners in a New Age of Policing, 1792–1815

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This chapter is concerned with the consequences of the French Revolution and the war that began in 1793 and came to a final conclusion only in 1815. The runners’ work was directly affected by the domestic consequences of the war. Their engagement in criminal prosecutions – already diminished by the new patrol and new police offices – was further reduced by the fall in violent offences during the war. On the other hand, the encouragement the Revolution gave to radical reform movements alarmed the government and what they took to be serious threats of sedition and insurrection. The chapter is concerned with the several ways the runners were drawn into national security measures and other efforts to preserve social order.

Keywords: French Revolution; sedition; insurrection; security; royal family; public order; duels

Chapter.  22114 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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