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Policing The City Of Birmingham (1899-1935.) [Kindle Edition]

Michael James Talbot
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Irishman Charles Haughton Rafter was credited with transforming the crime-ridden streets of Birmingham during the early 20th century. He improved the quality of life for its citizens' at a critical time when gang violence - especially by the Peaky Blinders - was shocking.The expanding city was one of the rowdiest places in the Midlands. However, through the dependable constables, the expertise and skill of the detectives and the sergeants who nurtured and oversaw their junior members in the rank and file, they provided the solutions, secured the arrests' and the convictions of criminals while, at time, using strong arm tactics. A former district inspector, in the Royal Irish Constabulary, Rafter was the best of 50 applicants for the role of chief constable in July 1899. He had a powerful personality and when he died, in 1935, he was still in post as chief constable. He left a unique and lasting positive effect on Birmingham with his style of command that was of benefit to all the people of the city.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 803 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B9K06UY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Michael James Talbot was born in Birmingham, England, in the 1950s. His parents were both originally from County Kerry, Ireland, so, in essence, he was brought up like an "Irish kid."

In 1974, aged 19 years, he realised an ambition, to continue the Talbot family tradition, by becoming a policeman. He served in Birmingham for 30 years and retired in 2004. He witnessed much of what is now described as social history. His first book, on his life in the West Midlands police, was titled : 'A Peeler in the Family."

It was received with great interest.

He is also passionate about Irish history and soccer so subsequent books, and, e-books have been sold, through Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com reflects his curiosity and investigation.

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An excellent book. Well researched and compiled describing the early history of Birmingham City Police by use of factual newspaper reports from the era and likewise official documentation. This is a must read book for anyone with an interest in the second city and its early Police Service. You are lead through the development of the Force and workings thereof between 1899 and 1935 and in particular with the forward the thinking of Chief Constable Charles Haughton Rafter. A man who must have been a legend in his own time. The work shows the early development of both Uniform and CID branches. A previous review was critical of the occasional grammatical error. This is unfair because the reviewer has no knowledge of how this work was put together. The odd error can be found in many other literary works and on this occasion certainly does not distract from the enjoyment of reading it and should not deter potential readers from making a purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Policing Birmingham 2 Dec. 2013
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A fascinating read there where things I would not of through went on in a place I know living not far away
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good tales spoilt by poor quality editing 2 Oct. 2014
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An interesting story of police related events in Birmingham at the turn of the nineteenth to twentieth centuries.

Unfortunately the book is let down by poor editing, missing words, incomplete sections and numerous spelling and grammatical errors. Since much of the source material comes from the newspapers of the time either people couldn't spell in those times or the author couldn't copy accurately.

Contents four stars, presentation two stars.
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