Rights, command and accountability

Maurice Punch

in Shoot to kill

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9781847424730
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303350 | DOI:
Rights, command and accountability

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For the last four decades, the British Police has engaged itself in a continuous learning process regarding the use of firearms and the issues of rights, command and accountability. In wrestling these complex matters, the police were by driven several factors that resulted in a more professional and sophisticated approach. As Tony Blair stated, there was no doubt that the policing had changed in a number of areas and was continually changing and transforming. Behind these changes are a number of influential factors that pushed the police to bear continually in mind the issues of accountability, rights, command, investigation and oversight. This chapter focuses on the five key factors that have posed a great influence on the transformations in policing. It discusses the growing importance of human rights (HR) and the pronouncements of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). It also discusses the proposed legislation of ‘corporate manslaughter’ as well as influential court cases and judicial pronouncements on police firearms use. The chapter also tackles developments in the structures and practices of operational command and control including the problems and issues that may arise with investigations and the emergence of new oversight agencies.

Keywords: British Police; use of firearms; rights; command; accountability; policing; investigation; oversight; human rights; Court of Human Rights

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