There was a quaint period in history where the trusty police truncheon was all the common Bobby on the Beat would need for protection and “correction”. To that extent that world survived into the 20th century, it officially came to an end with the Rodney King beating. Today every police act is met with intense scrutiny. The presence of cell phone and body cameras has changed the playing field.
Of course, it is completely nuts for beat cops in the UK to still be unarmed in the ballistic sense. Tasers have replaced the truncheon as the go to for the beat cop, but Scholagladitoria has put together all you need to know about the Victorian mainstay.