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NCJ Number: 50485 Find in a Library
Title: POLICE IN AUSTRALIA - DEVELOPMENT, FUNCTIONS AND PROCEDURES
Author(s): K L MILTE; T A WEBER
Corporate Author: Victoria Law Foundation
Australia

Butterworth Pty Ltd
Australia
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 532
Sponsoring Agency: Butterworth
Scarborough, Ontario M1P 451, Canada
Butterworth Pty Ltd
Chatswood 2067, Australia
Victoria Law Foundation
Melbourne Vic 3000,
Sale Source: Butterworth
2265 Midland Avenue
Scarborough, Ontario M1P 451,
Canada
Type: Historical Overview
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: THE HISTORY OF LAW ENFORCEMENT IN AUSTRALIA IS TRACED, THE CONTEMPORARY ROLE AND FUNCTIONS OF AUSTRALIA POLICE ARE EXAMINED, AND PROBLEMS FACING THE POLICE ARE DISCUSSED.
Abstract: THE PURPOSE OF THE BOOK IS TO PLACE THE DEVELOPMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT IN AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY WITHIN ITS HISTORICAL AND SOCIAL PERSPECTIVE AND TO IDENTIFY ISSUES THAT HAVE EMERGED IN THE COURSE OF THAT DEVELOPMENT. UNDERLYING THE DISCUSSION IS THE VIEW THAT THE POLICE MUST BECOME AND REMAIN THE COMMUNITY'S AGENTS, NOT THE AGENTS OF TEMPORARY GOVERNMENTAL CAPRICIOUSNESS, SUCH AS THAT REFLECTED IN THE ENACTMENT OF HASTY, ILL-CONCEIVED, OR OPPRESSIVE LAWS. THE ORIGINS OF THE POLICE ROLE IN AUSTRALIA ARE TRACED, AND THE ROLE OF THE POLICE IN THE COMMUNITY IS DISCUSSED. A SECTION ON POLICE POWERS INCLUDES DISCUSSIONS OF POLICE POWER AND INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM, POLICE PROVISIONS OF A PROPOSED AUSTRALIAN BILL OF RIGHTS, DETENTION FOR QUESTIONING, ARREST, INTERROGATION, SEARCH AND SEIZURE, USE OF FORCE, AND BAIL. POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY AND DISCRETION ARE EXAMINED, AS ARE POLICE DISCIPLINE AND INVESTIGATION OF COMPLAINTS AGAINST POLICE. AN ANALYSIS OF A POLICE STRIKE THAT OCCURRED IN VICTORIA IN 1923 IS INCLUDED. THE DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS OF THE POLICE--CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION, PATROL, TRAFFIC LAW ENFORCEMENT--ARE CONSIDERED. ORGANIZED CRIME, TERRORISM, AND DIRECT ACTION AS A POLITICAL TECHNIQUE ARE EXAMINED, WITH EMPHASIS ON IMPLICATIONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT. POLICE ORGANIZATION AND PERSONNEL PRACTICES (RECRUITMENT, STAFF ASSESSMENT, TRAINING) ARE DISCUSSED, AS ARE COLLABORATION BETWEEN POLICE AND PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCHERS, THE ROLE OF COMPUTERS IN POLICE ADMINISTRATION, AND FORENSIC SCIENCE (FORENSIC PRACTICES IN AUSTRALIA IN NEW ZEALAND, THE ROLE OF NEUTRON ACTIVATION ANALYSIS IN POLICE SCIENCE, DOCUMENT ANALYSIS). FOR SEPARATE ABSTRACTS OF PRESENTATIONS ON POLICE POWERS, ACCOUNTABILITY, PATROL, TRAFFIC LAW ENFORCEMENT, ORGANIZED CRIME, CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE, TRAINING, AND POLICE SCIENCES, SEE NCJ-50486-50500. A SUBJECT INDEX AND TABLES OF CASES AND STATUTES ARE PROVIDED. (LKM)
Index Term(s): Accountability; Australia; Constitutional Rights/Civil Liberties; Criminalistics; Foreign criminal justice systems; Law enforcement; Organized crime; Patrol; Police discretion; Police personnel; Police responsibilities; Terrorism/Mass Violence; Traffic law enforcement
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