How People Judge Policing

Paperback | March 23, 2017

byP. A. J. Waddington, Martin Wright, Kate Williams

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When people witness occasions when police use their powers to investigate crime and arrest offenders, how do those members of the public assess what they have seen? This book reports research in which a variety of groups from the West Midlands watched short video-clips of such real-lifeincidents and then discussed their appraisal amongst themselves. What emerges from those discussions is that the practice of policing is deeply controversial. On most issues, group members were divided and strongly, often passionately arguing their case. There was no "blank cheque" for the police,neither was there unremitting criticism, even though some of groups comprised young offenders or the homeless. People worried about whether or not the police on the video-clips had justification for their suspicions; how they managed situations to prevent them getting out of hand; and whether anyuse of force was justified. Allowing the reader to "hear the voices" of dissension that were analysed, the authors present implications which are profound for the police and for all those who are policed - suspects, victims, bystanders, and the public at large - as well as practical proposals for police officers and policegovernance.

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When people witness occasions when police use their powers to investigate crime and arrest offenders, how do those members of the public assess what they have seen? This book reports research in which a variety of groups from the West Midlands watched short video-clips of such real-lifeincidents and then discussed their appraisal among...

P. A. J. Waddington is Professor of Social Policy and Honorary Director of the Central Institute for the Study of Public Protection at the University of Wolverhampton. He has over 30 years of academic research and is the initiator of the BSc (Hons) Policing degree. He began his working life as a police officer in Birmingham, before emb...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:March 23, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198718888

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Table of Contents

1. The Public and the Police2. Studying Public Attitudes to Police Behaviour3. Consensus and Contention in Public Attitudes4. Acting on Suspicion5. Force6. The Culture of the Public and the Police7. Professional Policing8. Summary and Conclusion