TITLE

THE ROLE OF POLICE 'DISCRETION' IN BRITAIN AND AN ANALYSIS OF PROPOSALS FOR REFORM

AUTHOR(S)
Poyser, Sam
PUB. DATE
March 2004
SOURCE
Police Journal;Mar2004, Vol. 77 Issue 1, p5
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
As gatekeepers of the criminal justice system the police occupy a central position of social control. They provide the bridge between the community and the legal system and symbolize the presence of the state. Although the police occupy a central role in British society and the exercise of discretion is central to that role, an adequate system of accountability must exist to control its use. It can be argued that all citizens are socialized by the state to view crime and criminals through the eyes of the state. In considering the reform of police discretion, there is a necessity to question whether the community as a whole should be subject to the interference with liberty, which powers of frontline officers involve, especially as they have not been exercised equally.
ACCESSION #
12949315

 

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