The Evolution of Police Oversight in Australia

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Title The Evolution of Police Oversight in Australia
Author Prenzler, Timothy James
Journal Name Policing and Society
Editor Martin Innes
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This paper reviews developments in police oversight in the last decade in Australia's eight jurisdictions. Significant variation remains in the structure and responsibilities of oversight agencies, but there has been an ongoing trend towards replacing an ombudsman model with a public sector-wide commission model. There has also been a general convergence in terms of increased powers and an enlarged range of anti-corruption tactics. Change has been driven by ongoing revelations of misconduct or concerns about potential misconduct by police, public servants and politicians. Despite improvements it is argued that there is considerable room for better practice, especially in enlarging the scope of independent investigations and adjudication by integrity commissions.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 21
Issue Number 3
Page from 284
Page to 303
ISSN 1043-9463
Date Accessioned 2012-01-16; 2012-03-21T22:56:13Z
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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