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NCJ Number: 158037 Find in a Library
Title: Framework of Law and Policing Practice (From Police: Powers, Procedures and Proprieties, P 85-94, 1986, John Benyon and Colin Bourn, eds. -- See NCJ-158031)
Author(s): D J Smith
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 is primarily concerned with police powers and practices but also identifies constraints on police officers.
Abstract: While police officers should be well-informed about rules governing their powers and practices, not all rules represent guiding principles of behavior. When rules are internalized, however, they are likely to have more consistent controlling influence. Working rules are internalized by police officers as guiding principles of conduct. Inhibitory rules are not internalized but are taken into account by police officers when deciding how to act. Presentational rules exist to give an acceptable public appearance to the way police work is carried out. The author contends that the Police and Criminal Evidence Act is not based on an accurate picture of the relationship between law and policing practices. He cites as an example police powers to stop and search which are not always based on law. The need for effective regulation of police policies and practices is emphasized, particularly in the context of police powers to stop and search. 14 notes
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): England; Foreign laws; Police effectiveness; Police misconduct; Police policies and procedures; Police reform; Police responsibilities; Search and seizure; Stop and frisk
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