From the archive: reshaping the police after the Brixton riots, 1984

The Met were trained to fight street battles but also to be self-aware

In 1984 Alan Road visited the Met’s training centre at Hendon for its 50th birthday, to discover what changes had been made since Lord Scarman called for major police reforms after the Brixton riots (‘Training Britain’s Police’, 11 November 1984).

Road found that it was ‘the jargon of the sociologist rather than The Sweeney that one picks up in the classrooms at Hendon’ with the recruits discussing ‘self-awareness, interpersonal relationships, active listening and non-verbal exchanges’. All a bit different from the ongoing miners’ strike then.

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