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Calling All CarsRadio Dragnets and the Technology of Policing$
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Kathleen Battles

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816649136

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816649136.001.0001

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The Dragnet Effect

The Dragnet Effect

Space, Time, and Police Presence

Chapter:
(p.147) Chapter 4 The Dragnet Effect
Source:
Calling All Cars
Author(s):

Kathleen Battles

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816649136.003.0005

This chapter explains the role of radio crime dramas in establishing the police’s new focus on criminal arrest and the construction of the call-and-response model of policing. The integration of radio’s content with its technological and industrial form escalated the impact of these dramas, and its domestic availability helped re-establish radio as an omnipresent force, acting like a dragnet of some sort. Furthermore, the chapter shows how the varying relationships of space and time influenced police accounts and exercises. Through accounts of the geographical use of police radio to the extent of various crime dramas, the chapter assesses the notion of police ubiquity as a form of popular American discourse.

Keywords:   radio crime drama, call-and-response model, radio mechanism, police radio, dragnet

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