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The Great Technological Fix And The Passing Of The Traditional Police State

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The makeover of the Landpolizei in the interest of technological efficiency also significantly reduced the level of close contact between police and the non-criminal population. Ultimately this transformation made the old style of intrusive, paternalistic police regulation and surveillance of daily life unworkable in many communities, and signaled the passing of the traditional police state that had discreetly made it through the upheavals of the previous decades. The goals of public order are determined as much by the capabilities of a police force as by the nature of the society to be policed. The frustrating sense that traditional police operations were becoming increasingly ineffective in 1950s Bavaria was rooted not only externally, in the changing social environment, but also internally, in the growing inadequacies within the structure of the force itself.

Keywords: Bavaria; Landpolizei; non-criminal population; social environment; technological efficiency; traditional police state



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