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  • 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.    

The Future of the New Police Accountability
The future of the new police accountability

The new police accountability is a dramatic development in American policing. It represents a coherent package of reforms that has the potential to effectively address historic problems of officer misconduct. Particularly important is that, unlike previous reform efforts, the strategies and tactics of the new police accountability have the potential to change the organizational culture of a police department and initiate a self-sustaining accountability effort. This best of all possible outcomes is by no means certain, but the potential is there.

This final chapter has three purposes. First, it summarizes the larger themes of the new accountability, and in particular how it improves over past reform efforts. Second, it discusses the obstacles facing ...

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