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Citizen's Arrest

  • By: Barbara Goldman Carrel
  • In: Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement
  • Edited by: Larry E. Sullivan, Marie Simonetti Rosen, Dorthy Moses Schulz & M. R. Haberfeld
  • Subject:General Criminology & Criminal Justice, Police Studies (general)

The role of the private person in matters of criminal pursuit and arrest has its formal roots in medieval England with the Statutes of Winchester in 1285. Without an officially organized police force, ordinary citizens were obligated to either initiate an ...

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