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 Control and Accountability of the Police Service

The control and accountability of the police service

Chapter Aims

The aims of this chapter are:

  • To consider the tripartite division of responsibilities for police work in England and Wales which was established by the 1964 Police Act;
  • To examine initiatives pursued by Conservative governments towards the control and accountability of the police service between 1979 and 1997 and to analyse the impact of new public management on the police service in that period;
  • To analyse policies pursued by post-1997 Labour governments in the control and accountability of the police service;
  • To evaluate the extent to which reforms pursued by post-1979 governments have resulted in the centralisation of the police service;
  • To evaluate the consequences of the empowerment agenda on the future direction of ...
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