History GCSE: The Founding of the Police Force
Lawyer Harry Potter explains how Robert Peel and his reform of the criminal justice system brought to an end the system known as The Bloody Code.
With only the Riot Act as a means of restoring order Peel now sought to reform how the law was enforced through the creation of a professional police force.
Former Home Secretary Douglas Hurd explains why there was opposition to Peel’s police force.
Peel argued that the role of the police was to control crime rather than the people.
This short film is from the BBC series, The Strange Case of the Law.
Students could identify key words while watching this short film.
They could explore and evaluate ways of dealing with disorder through the use of the Riot Act by considering examples such as the 2011 riots and Peterloo.
Why were people so afraid of a police force?
This short film will be relevant for teaching GCSE history and social studies. This topic appears in OCR, AQA, Edexcel, WJEC KS4/GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 in Scotland.