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NCJ Number: 158046 Find in a Library
Title: Safeguarding the Suspect (From Police: Powers, Procedures and Proprieties, P 183-189, 1986, John Benyon and Colin Bourn, eds. -- See NCJ-158031)
Author(s): D Ashby
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 7
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 concerned with safeguarding suspects during the detention and interrogation processes within police stations.
Abstract: The act is based on compromise, the need for a balance between police powers to interrogate suspects and safeguards for detainees. It prescribes a period of detention and limits that period and also requires that a specific police officer of the rank of sergeant or above examine and decide whether a suspect should be released or detained. The act requires accountability in the detention process and divides detention into two sections, under 24 hours for less serious offenses and between 24 and 96 hours for serious arrestable offenses. In addition, the act stipulates that periodic detention reviews and tape recordings of suspect interviews should be accomplished. The value of provisions contained in the act to safeguard the rights of citizens against the abuse of police powers is emphasized.
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): Corrections in foreign countries; Detention; England; Foreign correctional systems; Foreign laws; Interview and interrogation; Police effectiveness; Police misconduct; Police policies and procedures; Police reform; Police responsibilities; Rights of the accused
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