• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

The New World of Police Accountability is the first book to provide an original and comprehensive analysis of some of the most important developments in policing over the past ten years. Esteemed author Samuel Walker synthesizes the major developments in the area of police accountability and argues that these developments represent a new period in the history of police reform that promises to address the historic problems of police abuse. This text assesses both the achievements and limitations of police accountability and reshapes the conventional wisdom on this topic. The book covers such issues as federal law suits against the police, consent decrees, citizen oversight of the police, and early intervention systems.    

Use of Force Reporting
Use of force reporting
Accounting for One's Actions

The core operating principle of the new police accountability is that police officers are required to account for their behavior. In practice, this means that police departments have a written policy clearly specifying when use of force is appropriate, require officers to complete a written report after each use of force incident, and have each report reviewed by supervisors. The report and review process is now a recognized best practice in policing. The Department of Justice report Principles for Promoting Police Integrity recommends that “Agencies should develop use of force policies that address use of firearms and other weapons and particular use of force issues such as: firing at moving vehicles, verbal warnings, positional asphyxia, ...

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