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NCJ Number: 120288 Find in a Library
Title: Police-Prosecutor Teams: Innovations in Several Jurisdictions
Author(s): J Buchanan
Corporate Author: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Several jurisdictions have cleared the way for police investigators and prosecutors to work closely together to obtain convictions.
Abstract: In Maine, for example, the legislature created an entirely new agency in 1987, the Bureau of Intergovernmental Drug Enforcement, to reshape the drug investigation-prosecution process. This agency is responsible for integrating and coordinating investigative and prosecutorial functions with respect to drug law enforcement. In general, researchers have identified many factors that contribute to the cooperation gap between police investigators and prosecutors. One is that lawyers and police officers have different vantage points and thus different perspectives on crime. Differences between police and prosecution policies and priorities can make coordination difficult. More common are disagreements about the quality of evidence or investigations, the amount of evidence needed to file charges or go to trial, the point at which an arrest should take place, and the kind of plea bargain that should be made. Agencies in Maine, Oregon, and New Hampshire that have institutionalized a team approach and made communication between police investigators and prosecutors a top priority are described. Police-prosecutor cooperation in New York City is also examined, including a Homicide Investigation Unit and an Oriental Gang Unit. The author concludes that police-prosecutor teams represent a creative response to the challenges facing law enforcement. 9 notes and 1 figure
Main Term(s): Police prosecutor relations
Index Term(s): Interagency cooperation; Maine; New Hampshire; New York; Oregon; Prosecution
Note: Reprinted from NIJ Reports/No. 214 May-June 1989
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