Protest policing and human rights: A dialogical approach

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This book examines protest policing and the toolbox of options available to police commanders in response. The right to peacefully protest is intrinsic to democracy and embedded in British history and tradition. The police are responsible for managing public order and facilitating peaceful protest and this has not been without criticism. On occasions, the police have found themselves in opposition to protest groups and there have been incidents of disorder as a result. In response, the development of Police Liaison Teams in the UK has presented the police with a gateway for dialogue between themselves and those involved in protest.

Drawing on two contrasting case studies, the policing of the badger cull in South West England and an English Defence League (EDL) march in Liverpool, this book explores the experiences of police commanders, police liaison officers, protesters, counterdemonstrators, members of local businesses and other interested parties. It explores how a dialogical approach with all those engaged in or affected by a protest has assisted the police in balancing human rights and reducing conflict for all.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages274
ISBN (Print)978-0-367-74967-5
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2022


  • police.
  • protest
  • human rights
  • dialogue
  • police liaison teams
  • badger cull
  • EDL


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