This lively and comprehensive text combines an overview of the historical development of policing in the UK, with discussion of current debates and practice. It provides a global and comparative context, in order to shed light on contemporary issues. The book equips students with an in-depth understanding of the challenges and complexities of modern policing, including: " the relationship between the police and other criminal justice agencies " styles and approaches in practice " how to police political violence " diversity and the police " police accountability Featuring chapter summaries, case studies, study questions, an expansive glossary and a date chart listing significant events, the book is easy to use and helps students to reflect upon key themes. It is essential reading for criminology, criminal justice and policing undergraduates.

Police Powers

Police powers

Chapter Aims

The aims of this chapter are:

  • To analyse the concept of discretion in connection with the use of police powers;
  • To examine the allocation of powers to the police in the formative years of new policing and analyse the way in which police powers developed in the twentieth century;
  • To evaluate the importance of the 1984 Police and Criminal Evidence Act in relation to the powers of the police;
  • To consider the balance that has been struck in connection with police powers and the liberty of the subject;
  • To discuss the development of the police complaints machinery and evaluate the effectiveness of the complaints procedure;
  • To evaluate the nature of and responses to corruption in the police service.


Although police work is governed by formal rules and procedures, ...

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