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  NCJ Number: NCJ 234052  Add to Shoppping Cart  
  Title: Police Discipline: A Case for Change
  Document URL: PDF 
  Author(s): Darrel W. Stephens
  Corporate Author: Harvard University
John F Kennedy School of Government
Program in Criminal Justice Policy Management
United States of America
  Date Published: 06/2011
  Page Count: 27
  Annotation: This paper discusses the issues surrounding the police discipline process.
  Abstract: Law enforcement officials, police personnel, and the general public have long been frustrated by the extensive and involved process in dealing with police discipline. Police executives are often upset that a case that has taken months and sometimes years to resolve may be overturned through the actions of arbitrators, civil service boards, or grievance panels. Police officers are often upset over the seeming lack of fairness and consistency in police discipline cases, while the general public is dismayed by the time it takes to investigate and close a case. This paper examines the issues surrounding the police discipline process. This paper has three main sections that focus on issues related to the discipline process and the primary purposes behind the process. The first section discusses law enforcement officials’ task of creating an environment where officers understand what is expected of them and behave in a manner that will allow them to avoid the disciplinary process altogether. The second section reviews issues associated with the traditional approaches to police discipline and discusses new and different approached being tried by police departments around the country. The final section offers recommendations for ways to implement more effective and efficient approaches to police discipline. Tables, endnotes, and references
  Main Term(s): Police discipline
  Index Term(s): Police internal investigations ; Police Brutality ; Police training ; Complaints against police ; Police internal affairs ; Police management ; Police policies and procedures ; Police policy development ; Police standards ; Police misconduct
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
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  Type: Issue Overview
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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