• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

This is the first course guide that has been developed for students of policing. It identifies the core themes and additional source material, providing an essential overview for students and a reference point for use throughout their studies. The Policing Course Companion is designed to complement and work alongside existing literature. It provides: " Easy access to the key themes in policing " Helpful summaries of the approach taken by the main course textbooks " Guidance on the essential study skills required to pass the course " Help with developing critical thinking " Taking it Further sections that suggest how readers can extent their thinking beyond the "received wisdom" " Pointers to success in course exams and written assessment exercises The Sage Course Companion in Policing is much more than a revision guide for undergraduates; it is an essential tool that will help readers take their course understanding to new levels and help them achieve success in their undergraduate course.

Policing and Evidence
Policing and evidence
Running Themes

How have police organizations responded to the need to gather reliable evidence? What training and specialist skills are required of police officers and staff? How do the different perspectives of victims, suspects, witnesses and the wider community contribute to our understanding of this topic? How have other agencies, particularly the courts, responded to the needs of these groups?

Criminal evidence is a vast topic on which much has been written, especially by legal scholars. For the introductory purposes of this volume, the subject of policing and evidence can be divided into four key themes:

  • Role and responsibilities
  • Regulation
  • Reliability
  • Resources
Role and Responsibilities

No criminal trial can proceed without evidence. In the UK adversarial trial tradition, the onus of proof lies with the prosecution; ...

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