In what follows, I want to reflect on the way in which governance, and by implication regulation, have been, and are, being transformed. I hope to be able to show that developments in governance have influenced, and are influencing, the way in which law is being deployed to shape the flow of action.
In my remarks I will be using 'policing' as a window through which to explore these questions of governance. As the title of the chapter indicates I am going to talk about policing as 'the governance of security' for reasons that I hope will become increasingly apparent as I proceed. Let me note quickly that the term is not mine, but a term that I have borrowed from Ian Blair, the Deputy Commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police (1998).