• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

'This Course Companion in Criminal Justice by Ursula Smartt is to be applauded. It is an essential handbook for all students and practitioners who are studying the criminal justice system. The user-friendly framework provides students with practical support in how they can organise their approach to studying to maximise their knowledge and revision skills. I have no hesitation in commending this Companion as a valuable complementary text' - Professor Allyson MacVean, John Grieve Centre for Policing & Community Safety, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College"Congratulations to Ursula Smartt and Sage on a most welcome 'skills' text for Criminal Justice students... The book is concise, clear, well-organised and accessible - highly recommended." Stephen Parrott, Birkbeck, University of LondonCriminal Justice by Ursula Smartt is part of an exciting new ...


This section focuses on police and the changing role of the police force over the past years. One of the main areas of study is the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) which provides important measures for police officers' powers of arrest, dealing with stop and search, interview and arrest procedures at the police station. This will include changes under the PACE Review 2002.

Community policing will then be highlighted in line with recent government crime prevention strategies, whereby large amounts of resources have been allocated to the recruitment of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in order to tackle local and street crime as well as anti-social behaviour.

Your attention will be drawn to recorded crime statistics, crime and police efficiency measured in clear-up rates. ...

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