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An understanding of the dynamics of news construction and a critical awareness of popular media representations of policing is central to an understanding of the history and development of policing in the UK. At the same time it provides a fascinating media case study of the complex interaction of representation and reality in the key criminal justice agency.;This book provides an accessible account of the relationship between policing and the media. It focuses on the interplay between policing realities, public perception and media reflections, with particular emphasis on debates on such subjects as news management, and the implications for the police and wider criminal justice system of televised coverage of court proceedings.