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NCJ Number: 158039 Find in a Library
Title: Balanced Approach? (From Police: Powers, Procedures and Proprieties, P 103-112, 1986, John Benyon and Colin Bourn, eds. - - See NCJ-158031)
Author(s): O Hansen
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: The Police and Criminal Evidence Act of 1984 represents a significant addition to England's body of law; while it stipulates police procedures and constraints, it remains just one determinant of police behavior.
Abstract: The context within which policing is carried out in many areas is one of deteriorating relations between the police and the community. Police stop and search powers have contributed to this climate, with friction especially evident between police officers and young people. One of the features of stop and search powers is that they are difficult to supervise and monitor. Further, the manner in which some police officers exercise their stop and search powers creates tension. The Police and Criminal Evidence Act specifies safeguards designed to prevent the misuse of police stop and search powers and to ensure proper execution of road checks and arrests. The author concludes, however, that the act has not achieved an appropriate balance between citizen rights and police powers and that the intended safeguards may not be effective. 14 notes
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): Arrest procedures; England; Foreign laws; Police community relations; Police effectiveness; Police misconduct; Police policies and procedures; Police reform; Police responsibilities; Public Opinion of the Police; Search and seizure; Stop and frisk; Traffic law enforcement; World criminology
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