Stakeholder Perspectives on Police Complaints and Discipline: Towards a Civilian Control Model

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Title Stakeholder Perspectives on Police Complaints and Discipline: Towards a Civilian Control Model
Author Prenzler, Timothy James
Journal Name Australian and New Zealand Journal Of Criminology
Editor John Pratt
Year Published 2004
Place of publication Brisbane
Publisher Australian Academic Press
Abstract This paper examines the case for independent investigation and adjudication of complaints against police, and the implications for restructuring of public sector institutions concerned with integrity. The need for external review of police in-house investigations is well established. However, there is now an accelerating trend for civilian agencies to go beyond review to engage directly in investigations and to have much greater input into disciplinary decisions. This paper reports on the experiences and principles behind this trend, focusing on the points of view of specific actors and stakeholders.These include commissions of inquiry, oversight agencies, complainants, police, the public, civil liberties groups, government review bodies and miscellaneous bodies. The perspectives of each of the groups were analysed to develop a distinctive “civilian control model” for maximising stakeholder confidence in police integrity. The model entails police management responsibility for primary misconduct prevention and informal resolution of complaints, with external agencies having control over the investigation and adjudication of complaints.The paper also argues for efficiency gains from integrating police oversight within a larger public sector integrity commission, especially in countries with large numbers of small police departments.
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Published Yes
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Volume 37
Issue Number 1
Page from 85
Page to 113
ISSN 0004-8658
Date Accessioned 2005-03-16
Language en_AU
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject PRE2009-Criminology
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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