Did you know there are currently around 28 university departments in England and Wales which run diploma and degree courses in police studies? The students on these courses often link their studies to promotion prospects. Most of the courses include the history of the police in the first year. The Open University also has an International Centre for the History of Crime, Policing and Justice.
No wonder then that the importance of the history of the police is increasing. All this leads to more public interest too.