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NCJ Number: 160727 Find in a Library
Title: Comparing Police Systems: A Final Comment (From Comparisons in Policing: An International Perspective, P 213-227, 1995, Jean- Paul Brodeur, ed. -- See NCJ-160713)
Author(s): J-C Monet
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: Avebury Publishing Co
Brookfield, VT 05036
Sale Source: Avebury Publishing Co
Old Post Road
Brookfield, VT 05036
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Police systems are compared in terms of threats to social order and public safety, resources available to the police and how these resources should be mobilized, and conditions under which police actions restore citizen confidence in the legitimacy of norms and values in western societies.
Abstract: Police interventions aim to produce order and they frequently succeed, but the tendency of societies is to dislike the police. Certain social groups deplore what they view as excessive police intervention in spheres they believe should be reserved for social self-regulation. Threats to society are conceived in the following structural terms: objective aspect of threats (different forms of criminal activities); vulnerability of different social groups to criminal activities; ability of different policing sectors to resist pressures exerted by criminal activities and social instability; and different pertinent territories of police intervention. Criminal activities are analyzed in terms of threats, and the adaptation of policing to control criminal activities in diverse pertinent territories is discussed. Consideration is also paid to the debate over the confusing nature of police organizational structures, police resource mobilization, and police difficulties in responding to the needs of vulnerable societies.
Main Term(s): Police
Index Term(s): Comparative analysis; Police crime-prevention; Police effectiveness; Police organizational structure; Police policies and procedures; Police responsibilities; Public Opinion of the Police
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