Exploring the complex and controversial topic of civilian oversight of police, this book analyzes the issues and debates entailed by civilian oversight by using worldwide perspectives, in-depth case studies, and a wealth of survey data. Integrating and summarizing decades of research from many locations around the globe, Civilian Oversight of Police: Advancing Accountability in Law Enforcement uses a very clear and consistent pattern of findings to address the overall management of police conduct.
The book examines the history and performance of oversight agencies in multiple jurisdictions around the world. The evidence used includes:
Emphasizing the concept of shared responsibility for effective police integrity management, the book discusses what does and does not work in maximizing police management and performance. It presents a best practices model for managing police conduct and describes the impact of oversight agencies on police policy, including innovative means by which agencies can work with police departments to improve police conduct.
Civilian Oversight of Police provides a critical resource on police conduct for professionals as well as academics. It makes practical recommendations for achieving a "win-win" balance in addressing the needs and interests of all parties involved with the police complaints and accountability process. It also marks a starting point to stimulate further research as well as increased collaboration between researchers and practitioners to enhance the stock of knowledge for effective police integrity management and democratic accountability.
SETTING THE CONTEXT
Scandal, Inquiry, and Reform: The Evolving Locus of Responsibility for Police Integrity
Independent Minded: The Role and Status of "Independence" in the Investigation of Police Complaints
Stephen P. Savage
STAKEHOLDER PERSPECTIVES ON COMPLAINTS AGAINST POLICE
Democratic Policing, Public Opinion, and External Oversight
Complainants’ Views of Police Complaint Systems: The Gap between Aspiration and Experience
Louise Porter and Tim Prenzler
Police Views on Processing Complaints against Police
REGIONAL, NATIONAL, AND JURISDICTIONAL ACCOUNTS OF EXTERNAL OVERSIGHT
Civilian Oversight of Police in Africa: Trends and Challenges
Julie Berg and Simon Howell
Police Accountability and Citizen Oversight in Emerging Democracies in Asia
Mahesh K. Nalla
The Interface between Human Rights and Police Complaints in Europe
Citizen Oversight in the United States and Canada: Applying Outcome Measures and Evidence-Based Concepts
Geoffrey P. Alpert, Tyler Cawthray, Jeff Rojek and Frank Ferdik
Police Independent Oversight in Australia and New Zealand
Garth den Heyer and Alan Beckley
TOWARD A MODEL SYSTEM
Police Professional Standards Units and External Oversight Agencies: Can There Be Productive Collaboration?
Managing Police Conduct: Finding the Ideal Division of Labor between Internal and External Processes
Presenting volumes that focus on the nexus between research and practice, the Advances in Police Theory and Practice series is geared toward those practitioners and academics seeking to implement the latest innovations in policing from across the world. This series draws from an international community of experts who examine who the police are, what they do, and how they maintain order, administer laws, and serve their communities.
The series eeditor encourages the contribution of works coauthored by police practitioners and researchers. Proposals for contributions to the series may be submitted to the series editor Dilip Das at firstname.lastname@example.org.