The last decade has shattered the myth that Britain has a uniquely benevolent police force. Crude corruption has been exposed in the cases of the Birmingham Six, the Guildford Four and the Tottenham Three.
Police violence has been seen time and again as riot squads attacked miners, printers, anti poll tax demonstrators and travellers. But are these exceptions? Do the police still fulfil other useful roles? Do they protect us from the crime that seems to blight so many people's lives?
Audrey Farrell examines the real roots of crime and finds the police have virtually no role in stopping it. She asks and answers many more questions. If the police don't stop crime, then what do they do?