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The military paradigm: Stockwell, Kratos and the aftermath

Maurice Punch

in Shoot to kill

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9781847424730
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303350 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424730.003.0005
The military paradigm: Stockwell, Kratos and the aftermath

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The traditional position of civil policing in Britain is based on restraint, avoidance of violence, the application of a minimal force which is considered necessary and proportionate and the preservation of life. This ‘restraint paradigm’ contrasts with the typical military-style operations which functions under the alternative ‘military paradigm’. This chapter examines the extent to which British policing has transformed from a restraint paradigm to a military paradigm. This closer step of British policing to the military paradigm is crucial to consider when examining the Stockwell shooting in London in 2005 and the ‘Kratos’ policy supporting this shift to military paradigm. The long-term implications of the Stockwell incident to policing are also considered in this chapter.

Keywords: civil policing; restraint; avoidance of violence; preservation of life; restraint paradigm; military paradigm; British policing; Stockwell shooting; Kratos policy

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