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NCJ Number: 118609 Find in a Library
Title: Police Accountability: Current Developments and Future Prospects (From Police Research: Some Future Prospects, P 169-184, 1989, Mollie Weatheritt, ed. -- See NCJ-118600)
Author(s): R Morgan
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Gower Publishing Co Ltd
Aldershot, Hants GU11 3HR, England
Police Foundation
Washington, DC 20036
Social Sciences Research Council
Ottawa, ON K1P 6G4, Canada
Grant Number: EO6250029
Sale Source: Gower Publishing Co Ltd
Gower House, Croft Road,
Aldershot, Hants GU11 3HR,
United Kingdom
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This paper describes existing British policy on police accountability and considers debates on the issue.
Abstract: The current central government administration has maintained its commitment to police operational independence and the tripartite arrangements framed in the Police Act 1964. This specifies the duty of police authorities "to secure the maintenance of an adequate and efficient police force" and "keep themselves informed as to the manner in which complaints made by members of the public against members of the force are dealt with by the chief constable." Government policy on police accountability has a number of major themes: that the police should give value for money, among other things through better priority setting; the encouragement of self-help; the intent to identify and respond to consumers' wishes; and the requirement for the police to account more fully for their activities. During the next few years the key research issue will be the police use of new self-regulatory powers under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act of 1984. The nature of the audit police will be required to give and the analyses conducted by researchers could be closely scrutinized by local bodies responsible for monitoring police, i.e., police/community consultative committees and lay visitors to police stations. 45 references.
Main Term(s): Police management
Index Term(s): Accountability; United Kingdom (UK)
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