. This is the best site to find your favourites and new releases, and to share your own thoughts and the opinions of others! O'Brien & Anderson, The Police as a Major World Power — The first half of the twentieth century — The police in Great Britain from Edward VII to King George VI — The effect of the war on the formation of a police force in the UK — The establishment of a peacetime police force in Great Britain - A brief history of the British police. The Philadelphia Inquirer. In a historical context, this was a reasonable response to a threat of mass terrorism. It was also an acknowledgement of the new role of the police in Britain. The role of the British police, a new and growing responsibility. In Great Britain, the British police can trace their ancestry back to 1660, when King Charles II formed a constabulary of his own and reorganized the existing city police into a system of county constabularies. A recent event had highlighted just how far police powers had travelled. In the spring of the following year, another attack was carried out on a Belgian train. Those involved in the attacks were not operating alone, but it was not long before their modus operandi became familiar. It was then that the word terrorism was first used to describe the activity. In the wake of the atrocity, the United Kingdom experienced a sharp increase in public anxiety about terrorism. This anxiety was not new to the United Kingdom, which had experienced a terrorist attack inwhen the Manchester bombing left More recently, the country had had a series of public disturbances due to the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, a far-right demonstration in response to the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. In most cases, they led to the creation of a number of new police forces in areas like Manchester and Liverpool. In the years following, the UK saw the rise of the National Public Order Intelligence Unit. In terms of overseas peacekeeping missions, Britain has had a long history of taking part. Its first overseas military intervention wasin West Africa. In Northern Ireland, there was widespread public concern about both paramilitary activity and the security forces in the early years of the Troubles. On the home front, there were terrorist bombings inLondon. Since the introduction of firearms in firearms training in the UK, law enforcement in the UK is carried out by a range of agencies. The first British police force was the Metropolitan Police, established inandunder theMetropolitan Police Act.