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NCJ Number: 155087 Find in a Library
Title: Common Sense About Police Review
Author(s): D W Perez
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 333
Sponsoring Agency: Temple University Press
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6099
Publication Number: ISBN 1-56639-132-6
Sale Source: Temple University Press
1601 N. Broad Street
University Service Bldg., Room 305
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6099
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book discusses the issue of police review in terms of a process in which any accountability system must rigorously investigate alleged police abuses and deter future malpractice, bridge the gap between police and citizens in determining the direction of police policy, and exonerate police officers who have acted properly and legally.
Abstract: Any monitoring process will necessarily concern itself with two methods of behavior control, namely regulation and socialization. This author argues that police accountability must develop from a compromise between externally imposed sanctioning systems and internalized, professional norms of conduct. Police review systems must balance the concerns of several interest groups and weigh the expertise of the professional against the desires of the public. The first section of the book discusses the problems of police review in terms of the nature of police malpractice, the limits of reform, and criteria for evaluation. The second section outlines the parameters of three types of police review systems: internal review, civilian review, and the civilian monitor. The final section discusses the implications of the foregoing analysis and describes an ideal police review system which would generate information for the purposes of future police development, convey information to training mechanisms and supervisors for the use and dissemination, and investigate and adjudicate specific complaint incidents. 3 appendixes and 247 references
Main Term(s): Police internal investigations
Index Term(s): Civilian Review Boards; Community control of police; Complaints against police; Police internal affairs
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