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NCJ Number: 78180 Find in a Library
Title: Police and the Criminal Justice System
Journal: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology  Volume:14  Issue:1  Dated:(March 1981)  Pages:23-39
Author(s): P A Sallmann
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 17
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: Citing the views of a former Commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police Force (England), this article argues that the police need to become involved in a rational and sustained debate about the criminal justice system, as their role is central to it and as the various components of the system are so interdependent.
Abstract: The criminal justice system itself is not the panacea for crime control, and it is unlikely to fulfill this role in the foreseeable future. This necessitates rethinking and rationalization within the criminal justice enterprise. Police cannot and ought not to see themselves being involved in a 'war on crime.' They must begin to more explicitly recognize and understand that the drive toward control is inevitably to be tempered by system considerations, protection of rights, and the need to control system abuse. The police must be encouraged to engage in public debate about these issues, perhaps initially expressing views they have heretofore kept private. When they have begun to contribute to academic and public level debates on criminal justice issues, enormous opportunities will be opened for dialogues between system components, between the system and the public, and between the police as a separate entity and the public. Greater 'crime control' is not guaranteed by these endeavors, but greater understanding may be attained of the complexity of the crime control notion, of the role of the system in its attempts to control crime, as well as of the complex and onerous task of the police in the whole exercise. Thirty-five notes are provided. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Change management; Police attitudes; Police legal limitations; Police reform; Police responsibilities
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