The iron hand in the velvet glove : the modernisation of policing in New Zealand...


The iron hand in the velvet glove : the modernisation of policing in New Zealand, 1886-1917


Hill, Richard S.

Maker Role



New Zealand Police


New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs. Historical Branch

About this object

Examines the police force which had emerged during the transition from the turbulence of the frontier years to the relative tranquillity of the later nineteenth century. A centralised, essentially unarmed New Zealand Police Force normally proffered a velvet glove to a society in which both pakeha and Maori generally behaved peacefully ... [requiring] nothing stronger than - in international policing terms - a benign force. But policing ... remained an occupation fraught with danger, difficulty and excitement. This was particularly the case in periods of 'emergency': the 1890 and 1912-13 'industrial troubles', for example ... The glove concelaed an iron hand that could be used without hesitation when necessary. This volume examines the development of modern organisational, forensic and detection (e.g. fingerprint identification) techniques, and the dilemmas of policing ina period of ever-increasing state encroachment upon citizens' thoughts and deeds (e.g. the problems of liquor law enforcement and the special social control measures of the First World War). In the period covered, policing came under intense official and public scrutiny. Police 'scandals' led to commissions of enquiry in which police and public grievances were aired in great detail. Out of these arose a reformed Force whose basic methods and organisation lasted for decades. Contents: A peaceful order of things -- Problematic policing in the stabilised society, 1886-1897 -- Trauma and reform: Tunbridge's commissionership, 1897-1903 -- The pursuit of professionalisation, 1903-1912 -- Industrial unionism, Police unionism, 1912-1913 -- Challenges and continuities, 1913-1917. Includes bibliographies and index.

Date Made



Dunmore Press

Publication Place


Series Title

The history of policing in New Zealand ; v. 3

Subject and Association Keywords

Police -- New Zealand -- History

Subject and Association Keywords

New Zealand -- History -- 19th century

Subject and Association Keywords

New Zealand Police

Named Collection

Thomas & Bridget Gallagher Library

Object Type



0864692447 (v.3)

Object number


Spine Label

363.2 HIL


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