Understanding discretion in modern policing

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Title Understanding discretion in modern policing
Author Bronitt, Simon H.; Stenning, Philip
Journal Name Criminal Law Journal
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Lawbook Co.
Abstract Discretion is a ubiquitous and legitimate aspect of modern policing, though its scope and limits are poorly understood. In this article, the authors seek to refine our understanding of discretion in modern policing by examining the historical evolution of the concept, and the modern challenges facing individual officers and police organisations in reconciling, on the one hand, the duty to enforce the law fairly and impartially, and on the other hand, the need to temper strict law enforcement for sound policy and operational reasons. The article reviews recent case law in Canada exploring these tensions within policing and the proper limits of police discretion.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.thomsonreuters.com.au/catalogue/productdetails.asp?id=846
Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 Thomson Reuters. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 35
Issue Number 6
Page from 319
Page to 332
ISSN 0314-1160
Date Accessioned 2012-02-29
Language en_US
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security; Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Law and Society
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/44249
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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