The Mid Blue Line – a police perspective on public protests

A significant perspective.

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Over the past week I have taken part in a live web-streamed debate on policing protests as part of the Sussex Police 10 Days Live event, which also prompted many other interesting and useful conversations on Twitter. There was a large amount of interest in the police role at demonstrations, a variety of perceptions  and clearly an appetite for more information, much of which has been generated by the fracking debate. I have always tried to write blogs according to interest and needs, and as those of you who have read my previous offerings will know, I try to provide something which is not in any way academic or claiming to have all of the answers, but offers some personal insights which might provoke thoughts and discussion elsewhere.

It is a substantial subject area, but I will try to cover key points relating to cultures, common practices and dilemmas. What…

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