The New Policing provides a comprehensive introduction to the critical issues confronting policing today. It incorporates an overview of traditional approaches to the study of the police with a discussion of current perspectives. The book goes on to examine key themes, including the core purpose of contemporary policework; the reconfiguration of police culture; organizational issues and dilemmas currently confronting the police; the managerial reforms and professional innovations that have been implemented in recent years; and the future of policing, security, and crime control. In offering this discussion of the nature and role of the police, The New Policing illustrates the need to re-examine and re-think the theoretical perspectives that have constituted policing studies. Examining evidence from the UK, the USA, and other western societies, the book promotes and enables an understanding of the cultural and symbolic significance of policing in society.
In liberal democratic societies, where the emphasis is on demonstrating the ‘rule of law’ and ‘good governance’, the term ‘police accountability’ is multi-faceted in meaning. Chan (1999, p. 267) has noted how ‘the modern state is deeply ambivalent about the way in which the police should be held accountable’. Police accountability is, in theory, constituted through those mechanisms for ensuring that: police officers are answerable for how they handle individual citizens, particularly with regard to respect for due process, human rights and civil liberties and police forces are responsible for the quality of community safety, justice and security services they provide. And as police scholars routinely note, officer and organizational level accountabilities are intimately connected. Effective delivery of core policing services depends ...