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NCJ Number: 158032 Find in a Library
Title: Policing in the Limelight: Citizens, Constables and Controversy (From Police: Powers, Procedures and Proprieties, P 3-42, 1986, John Benyon and Colin Bourn, eds. -- See NCJ-158031)
Author(s): J Benyon
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 40
Sponsoring Agency: Pergamon Press Limited
Oxford, OX3 0BW, England
Sale Source: Pergamon Press Limited
Headington Hill Hall
Oxford, OX3 0BW,
United Kingdom
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: England's Police and Criminal Evidence Act of 1984 and the Prosecution of Offences Act of 1985 are analyzed in relation to police powers, procedures, and proprieties and the role of the two acts in enhancing police effectiveness and crime control.
Abstract: During the last two decades, the image of policing has adversely changed as police officers have become more remote from many people. Various factors related to police centralization, professionalization, specialization, methods, equipment, conduct, fairness, and politicization have affected the image and remoteness of policing. Despite the changing police image, however, certain groups still hold police officers in high regard, and some police departments have attempted to obtain public support by encouraging police effectiveness in crime control, improving the extent to which citizens identify with the police, and facilitating police-community cooperation. Efforts have also been made to improve police accountability, legitimacy, policing methods, professionalization and specialization, police officer conduct, and public perceptions of police fairness. The effectiveness of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act and the Prosecution of Offences Act in defining police roles and responsibilities and in improving police accountability and effectiveness is assessed. 106 notes and 2 figures
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): England; Foreign crime prevention; Foreign laws; Police community relations; Police crime-prevention; Police effectiveness; Police policies and procedures; Police reform; Police responsibilities; Public Opinion of the Police
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