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.

The Police Service and the Criminal Justice System

The police service and the criminal justice system

Chapter Aims

The aims of this chapter are:

  • To evaluate the role performed by the police service in bringing offenders to justice;
  • To discuss the emergence of the multi-agency approach to policing;
  • To analyse the involvement of the police service in partnership work in connection with the prevention of crime and community safety;
  • To consider the role played by the police service in the management of offenders;
  • To evaluate developments affecting policing that are associated with securing a ‘joined-up’ approach to criminal justice policy.


The criminal justice system performs a wide range of functions. These include:

  • The prevention of crime;
  • The investigation of crime;
  • Delivering an appropriate response to those who have committed minor crime which does not require prosecution ...
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