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NCJ Number: 157785 Find in a Library
Title: Police and Politics: There and Back and There Again? (From Police Powers in Canada: The Evolution and Practice of Authority, P 209-240, 1994, R.C. Macleod and David Schneiderman, eds. - See NCJ-157774)
Author(s): P C Stenning
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 32
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Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This paper examines two principal strategies used in Canada to preserve the police as a nonpolitical entity.
Abstract: The first approach has involved the reform of police governance institutions, while the second has restricted the political rights of police officers in terms of their outside organizational affiliations and activities. This paper explores both these aspects of the relationship between police and politics, within the Canadian context, and from both historical and contemporary perspectives. The author concludes that each of these strategies for ensuring a nonpartisan police force has had a checkered history among multiple Canadian public police jurisdictions, and neither seems to be generally accepted or agreed upon. If the current popularity of the concept of community policing remains strong, there will almost certain be a fundamental reassessment of the relationship between the police and the communities they serve, and of the role of politics in policing. 61 references
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): Canada; Community policing; Criminal justice ideologies
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