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NCJ Number: 162618 Find in a Library
Title: Comparing US and European Police Subcultures: A Field Study
Journal: International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice  Volume:19  Issue:2  Dated:(Fall 1995)  Pages:195-209
Author(s): A X Fellmeth
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 15
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This satire of sociology and field anthropology research on comparative police behavior uses humorous anecdotes to make the point that civilian review boards are essential to police reform efforts.
Abstract: The author claims that, until civilian review boards assume police supervision, police behavior will never conform to community morality despite attempts at police reform. He compares United States, German, Italian, Russian, and French police subcultures in an attempt to determine the correlation between police behavior and its conformity to community morality, and whether a high correlation results from a high degree of civilian oversight. The author concludes that, because no country has appreciable civilian oversight, and because no country's police conform to community morality, there is therefore a perfect correlation between lack of civilian oversight and lack of police conformity to community morality. He hopes that this study will supplement recent incidents of police power abuse in the United States to supply a cogent argument for improving methods of police accountability. Table, notes, references
Main Term(s): Police
Index Term(s): Civilian Review Boards; Community control of police; Complaints against police; Foreign police; Police Brutality; Police internal investigations; Police legal limitations; Police reform; US/foreign comparisons
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