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Within the local Metropolitan Police I interviewed the local Licensing Officer, a Sergeant (twice) along with his superior, an Inspector, and the local Metropolitan Police Community Liaison Officer, also an Inspector. I was also able to interview the Chief Superintendent of the Clubs and Vice Squad in Westminster, which influences policy across London. Access to the Metropolitan Police and their relative openness was facilitated by an academic contact in Scotland Yard. 7 Five of the interviewees had set up businesses in the area in the 1980s and had therefore long term perspectives on licensing and regeneration issues.
This was partly a question of time, in the sense that absorption in nightlife is necessarily of a different category to that of daytime experiences (unless the researcher simply looks at nightlife with the same judgment as that of the day). Absorption into nightlife requires adjustment in terms of sleep patterns, more fluid behavioural patterns and also a more tolerant attitude to others. Melbin (1978), for example, accurately describes the night as a time of greater freedom, lawlessness and less bureaucratic centralisation, unconventional behaviour, violence but with greater cooperation between strangers.
3 In one case this was due to lack of time for the original interview. In the other cases (a licensing officer and the licensing officer for the Metropolitan Police), they were reinterviewed for the purposes of clarifying certain key historical and contemporary points, particularly around race. This was necessary as the initial interviews had been conducted early on whilst the core research questions were still being accurately framed. Negotiating Research into the Regulation of ‘Outsider’ Areas 27 information was interesting but perhaps not directly relevant to the subject).