This post is for Inspector Gadget at the Police Inspector blog. Joseph Swain is an illustrator who produced a series of engravings on the plight of police in the Victorian Era, I believe for Punch Magazine. So far I have found two. I think they are copyrighted, so I will just pass them on in the hopes some Reformer Organization in the UK will pay to use them. Or heck, don't we need this one right here in the U.S.? This one is called, "More Police!!"
The next one is called "An Unequal Match: The Truncheon is no Match for a Gun." We could also say, in the U.S., that this applies, although the force differential is not quite as wide.
You know, Reality frequently stays the same. But Policy??? Never.
I wish you all the best.