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NCJ Number: 120297 Find in a Library
Title: Legal Status and Organization of the Police (From Civil Actions Against the Police, P 21-39, 1987, Richard Clayton and Hugh Tomlinson -- See NCJ-120296)
Author(s): R Clayton; H Tomlinson
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 19
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Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The complex legal status of the British police is outlined, with emphasis on the offices, duties, liabilities, and powers of constables, metropolitan police officers, and the Home Secretary.
Abstract: Fundamental to an understanding of the legal position of British police is the role of the constable, which derives from common law. The powers that the law gives to police are vested in individual constables. In theory, constables and metropolitan and City of London police commissioners are said to have full operational independence from national and local government. The statutes defining and distributing police power are discussed, as are regulations governing police organization and the vicarious liabilities of chief officers. 43 footnotes.
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): British Home Office; Constables; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Police organizational structure
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