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MEPO 2 /3838, photo of radio-equipped motor-cycle patrol

  MEPO 2 /3838, photo of radio-equipped motor-cycle patrol. The increased use of cars in the years between the wars brought about a huge death toll: when Source 2(ii) was issued in 1931 18 people a day were being killed on the roads. Both these sources show the police responding by being present on the roads themselves.

These sources are all quite easy to understand. As you look at them, think about: which aspect of police work will be changed? Is this technology an entirely new approach, or a new way of doing an old job? There is some evidence, too, of the attitudes of: the police (Source 2), criminals (Source 3) and the public (Source 4) to these changes.

Worksheet Instructions
  Put some of the evidence you have found in these Sources into your Gallery Worksheet.
Source 6 Source 5 Source 4 Source 3 Source 1