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NCJ Number: 158036 Find in a Library
Title: Police and Their Public (From Police: Powers, Procedures and Proprieties, P 75-84, 1986, John Benyon and Colin Bourn, eds. -- See NCJ-158031)
Author(s): G Greaves
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 10
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 has general implications for policing the London Borough of Lambeth but seems especially likely to affect the borough's black residents.
Abstract: The dilemma inherent in the act is how to strike a balance between protecting the rights and liberties of law-abiding citizens and apprehending criminals. The act has attempted to create an environment in which police officers act in accordance with certain guidelines and safeguards that seek to achieve compatibility between public rights and effective policing. Cases involving black citizens in the London Borough of Lambeth demonstrate the dangers inherent in having plain clothes versus uniformed police officers stop people in the street. Police stop and search powers appear to be disproportionately applied to blacks, and the way in which search and entry procedures are practiced is of concern. Community involvement in police policies and operations and genuine dialogue between citizens and police officers are essential to ensure that police officers use their powers responsibly. 15 notes
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): Black/White Attitude Comparisons; England; Foreign laws; Police community relations; Police effectiveness; Police misconduct; Police policies and procedures; Police reform; Police responsibilities; Public Opinion of the Police; Racial discrimination; Search and seizure; Stop and frisk; World criminology
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