1st Edition

Handbook of Policing, Ethics and Professional Standards

Edited By Allyson MacVean, Peter Spindler Copyright 2013
    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    Low confidence in the police and the increasing crime rates during the 1990s led to a series of government initiatives directed at changing both the structure and management of the police service. In 2006 in an attempt to define what a principled police service should resemble, the Home Office Minister, Hazel Blears, announced the development of new Code of Professional Standards for the police service, informed by the Taylor Review of 2005. While there has been a growing awareness of the role of Professional Standards within law enforcement activity, to date there has been little scholarly debate on the understanding of ethics and how that is applied to practical policing.

    This book provides a single text of different perspectives on how professional standards and ethics has been conceptualised and developed into practical policing processes for the purposes of policing, not only by the police but also by the partner agencies. Leading academics and practitioners consider the moral minefield of policing through examinations of undercover operatives, MI5 and deaths in police custody as well as looking forward to the future considerations and practices in professional conduct.

    It will be of interest to those working within the field of policing as well as students and academics focussed on policing and criminal justice.

    Foreword, Chief Constable Nick Gargan  Part 1. Understanding professional standards  1. Introduction, Allyson MacVean  2. Theory of professional standards and ethical policing, Jonathan Hughes  3. The Taylor Review, William Taylor  4. Policing the police: investigating professional standards by the IPCC, Len Jackson  5. The duality of police oversight in Scotland: An examination of the role of the Police Complaints Commissioner for Scotland and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal, Ian Todd  6. ‘I fought the law and the law won’: The rule of law and standards of behaviour, P Waddington and Martin Wright  Part 2. Professional Standards and Ethical Policing in Practice  7. Introduction, Allyson MacVean  8. Deaths in or following police custody: An examination of cases from 1998- 2008, Maria Hannan  9. Understanding Police Deviants: Police committing acts of child abuse, Ray Robins, 10. Computer misuse and information leakage, David Perryman  11. A good buy: Promoting probity in police procurement, Julie Ayling  12. Ethical considerations for the role of the undercover operative in investigations, Mark Daly  Part 3. Models and comparative forms of professional standards  13. Introduction, Allyson MacVean, Peter Spindler and Charlotte Solf  14. Ethical working and M15, F. Gregory and D. Langley  15. Transnational Crime Investigations: Professional Standards in Relation to Joint International Operations – a new challenge, Paul Evans  16. Counter Corruption: An international perspective, Steve Foster  17. Risk and the management of integrity, C Harfield and K Harfield  18. Navigating the moral minefield: Leadership, professional standards and ethical policing, John Grieve  Part 4. Future considerations for professional standards and ethical policing  19. Introduction, Allyson MacVean, Peter Spindler and Charlotte Solf  20. Through a glass darkly – some future influences on professional standards in policing?, P. Neyroud and S. Gilmour  21. Prevention and organizational learning: A new paradigm in professional standards, B. Dillon  22. Professionalism and ethical practice: Does the current student officer training meet the needs of professional and ethical practice?, R. Heslop  23. Unethical Policing on Trial, M. Mansfield QC  24. Some reflective observations and conclusion, John Grieve.


    Allyson MacVean was the founder and former Director of the John Grieve Centre for Policing with Professor John Grieve . Allyson is also a visiting professor at the University of Chester. Her interests include police ethics, intelligence, risk and child protection.

    Peter Spindler is a Commander in the Metropolitan Police Service and is currently their Director of Professional Standards having previously led the Metropolitan Police Service Counter Anti Corruption Command. He was previously the Commander for Covert Policing and leads for ACPO on Technical Surveillance.

    Charlotte Solf, a member of Lincoln’s Inn, is seeking to pursue a career as a barrister specializing in Human Rights and criminal cases. Having worked part time for the John Grieve Centre for Policing, Charlotte developed her research interests in police ethics and police malpractice and the impact within the wider criminal justice process.