Visible Policing: (Photo Book)

Michael Rowe, ANDREW MILLIE, Matthew Jones, Liam Ralph

Research output: Book/ReportProject report


Images of the police and policing surround us in everyday life; police stations, vehicles, officers in uniform are widely present in town centres, in our communities, and on our roads. Police stations are often important parts of the local landscape, even for those who never have need to go inside. Videos and pictures of the police can be found online and on social media. From children’s dress-up toys to souvenir plastic helmets for tourists, police uniforms are widely
reflected in popular culture and are routine images in everyday life.

The pages that follow provide illustrations of these representations of policing. Many of them will be familiar in style and content, although they are not much reflected on. In this short book we want to provoke thinking and discussion of
visible policing as reflected in police buildings, through the visual culture of police work, and through police visibility online. These elements of policing - that are often banal and mundane (but fascinating and important) - become part and parcel of everyday life and may influence what we think of the police.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNewcastle
PublisherThe Visible Policing Project
Number of pages42
ISBN (Electronic)2000093167
ISBN (Print)2000093167
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2022


  • Visible policing
  • Police
  • Architecture
  • visual culture
  • criminology
  • social media


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