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NCJ Number: 158040 Find in a Library
Title: Powers and Proprieties in the Police Station (From Police: Powers, Procedures and Proprieties, P 115-122, 1986, John Benyon and Colin Bourn, eds. -- See NCJ-158031)
Author(s): J Benyon
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 8
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: According to England's Police and Criminal Evidence Act of 1984, if a confession has been obtained by oppression or under circumstances that bring its reliability into question, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that the confession was not obtained in this way.
Abstract: The act further provides that if the case against a mentally handicapped person depends on a confession made in the absence of an independent person, the court must warn the jury of a special need for caution. The act also contains provisions on police interrogation of detained persons and safeguards against inappropriately detaining, treating, and questioning suspects in police stations. The importance of police custody records and the need for internal review and enforcement of police custody procedures are emphasized. In this regard, it is noted that public participation and involvement are essential to achieve a balance between police powers to fight crime and citizen rights and liberties. 13 notes
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): Confessions; Detention; England; Foreign courts; Foreign crime prevention; Foreign laws; Interview and interrogation; Police crime-prevention; Police effectiveness; Police misconduct; Police policies and procedures; Police reform; Police responsibilities
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