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Demystifying the Police

Robert Reiner

in The Politics of the Police

Fourth edition

Published on behalf of © Robert Reiner 2010

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199283392
Published online October 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191799402 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/he/9780199283392.003.0005
Demystifying the Police

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This chapter explores some of the myths about police and policing in Britain by reviewing the research evidence about police practice. More specifically, it considers the police role and how effectively and fairly it is performed. It looks at studies showing whether police tactics have an impact as far as reducing crime is concerned, together with three innovative policing strategies aimed at remedying a key perceived defect of traditional patrol and detective work: ‘hard cop’, ‘good cop’, and ‘smart cop’. It also examines issues of discrimination among the police against ethnic and other minorities, women, and the socially less powerful, when dealing with them as suspects, victims, or fellow employees.

Keywords: police; policing; Britain; crime; hard cop; good cop; smart cop; discrimination; minorities; women

Chapter.  19408 words. 

Subjects: Criminology

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