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NCJ Number: 158044 Find in a Library
Title: Openness and Accountability (From Police: Powers, Procedures and Proprieties, P 165-174, 1986, John Benyon and Colin Bourn, eds. -- See NCJ-158031)
Author(s): G Cox
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: Police authorities in England are charged with maintaining an adequate and efficient police force, ensuring that money is well-spent and policing proprieties are observed, and improving relations between the police and the community, and the Police and Criminal Evidence Act of 1984 broadly covers these police responsibilities.
Abstract: The act is designed to give police officers the necessary tools to prevent crime and to safeguard citizens against the abuse of police powers. The act contains provisions on stop and search powers of the police and detention, but critics of the act indicate the need for external review of police procedures and for provisions that specifically address police openness and accountability. The community should have the right to inspect its own police stations, and police departments should be accountable to elected community representatives. In the community context, the notion of accountability brings into focus the question of complaints against the police. The Police and Criminal Evidence Act establishes a Police Complaints Authority, but this authority may not be independent enough to foster public confidence in the police. In addition, the act should go further in encouraging community involvement in policing policies and operations. Costs of implementing the act are examined in relation to its focus on crime causes. 12 notes
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): Community involvement; Complaints against police; England; Foreign crime prevention; Foreign laws; Police community relations; Police crime-prevention; Police effectiveness; Police policies and procedures; Police reform; Police responsibilities; Public Opinion of the Police; World criminology
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