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NCJ Number: 158043 Find in a Library
Title: Questioning the Suspect (From Police: Powers, Procedures and Proprieties, P 150-164, 1986, John Benyon and Colin Bourn, eds. - - See NCJ-158031)
Author(s): M Buck
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 15
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 has changed the nature of police work in England by highlighting the importance of safeguards against the abuse of police powers and by incorporating guidelines on the detention of suspects.
Abstract: The act was implemented because police officers need adequate and clear powers to control crime and the public requires proper safeguards against the abuse of police powers. The need for a balance between police powers and public rights is especially clear in provisions of the act that deal with detention and the treatment and questioning of suspects. When an arrested person arrives at the police station, the first decision is made by the police custody officer, a decision to "accept" the suspect because all detention conditions spelled out in the act are fulfilled. The police custody officer must safeguard the rights of the detained person through detention reviews; the suspect must be released after 36 hours of detention unless a magistrate court issues a warrant for further detention. Moreover, the accused person is entitled to consult with a lawyer at any point in the detention process. There is also a requirement to tape interviews with suspects in police stations, for possible use at trial. The balance between police powers and safeguards against abuse of those powers, as outlined in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, is discussed. 14 notes and 4 figures
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): Arrest procedures; Detention; England; Foreign laws; Interview and interrogation; Police effectiveness; Police misconduct; Police policies and procedures; Police reform; Police responsibilities; Rights of the accused; World criminology
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