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NCJ Number: 98444 Find in a Library
Title: Policing and Social Change - A Paper Presented to the AMA Conference on Policing (January 10, 1985)
Journal: Police Journal  Volume:58  Issue:2  Dated:(April-June 1985)  Pages:137-146
Author(s): J Brown
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 10
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Factors affecting the crisis in British policing and strategies for greater police-public cooperation and accountability are discussed in relation to Britain's current social and economic divisions, industrial conflict, and political polarization.
Abstract: The institutional powers (police forces, the Police Authority, and the Home Office) are functioning in an increasingly ill-defined and uneasy relationship. Further, there is a lack of unity within the police services, and statutory police-public consultation appears not to be working. Drives for greater police centralism and increased professional efficiency, while effective against organized crime, have been relatively ineffective against other types of crime. While better police organization, training, resource deployment, and improved police-public consultation may be of some help, they will be insufficient in times of radical social/economic change unless coupled with a social strategy. To create a more effective partnership and encourage mutual accountability among police, government institutions, social agencies, and communities, more effective systems and structures must be developed. These will include strategies for sharing crime information, responsibility, and assessment of preventive policies and practices. Five references are provided.
Index Term(s): Community involvement; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Interagency cooperation; Intergovernmental relations; Police community relations; Police effectiveness; Police organizational structure; Police policies and procedures; Policy analysis
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