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NCJ Number: 136577 Find in a Library
Title: Complaints Against the Police: The Trend to External Review
Editor(s): A J Goldsmith
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 349
Sponsoring Agency: Oxford University Press, Inc
New York, NY 10016
Publication Number: ISBN 0-19-825257-9
Sale Source: Oxford University Press, Inc
198 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
United States of America
Type: Best Practice/State-of-the-Art Review
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This volume presents a collection of specially commissioned papers that use a comparative approach to focus on the handling of complaints against the police in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Northern Ireland, and the United States.
Abstract: The papers focus on the systems for dealing with citizen complaints against the police, including the structural factors that ensure the dynamism of reform attempts in this area and the role of law in addressing organizational misconduct. The first essay reviews the socio-legal literature covering disputes and complaints and the literature examining the reasons for the perceived failure of police self-regulation in the past. It thus considers the largely unsuccessful early experiments with external review and more recent attempts using the ombudsman model. Subsequent papers discuss the establishment and termination of the Police Complaints Authority in Victoria, Australia; the successful effort in Toronto, Canada to "civilianize" police complaint procedures; recent experiences with external review in the United Kingdom; the role of the external review agency in Northern Ireland; and the trend to external review, which is also termed civilian oversight, in the United States. Footnotes, chart, chapter reference lists, and index (Publisher summary modified)
Main Term(s): Complaint processing; Complaints against police
Index Term(s): Australia; Canada; Civilian Review Boards; Community control of police; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Northern Ireland; United States of America
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