Policing, Ethics and Human Rights

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Willan, 2001 M01 1 - 240 pages
"The publication of this important book coincides with the implementation of the Human Rights Act, one of the most significant constitutional changes since the 1688 Bill of Rights... it fills a gap by providing a framework for the debate about ethics in policing and linking it to developing and ensuring an ethical policing culture. It benefits greatly from the authors' strong combination of operational and academic experience and their obvious commitment to the practical application of human rights."From the Foreword by the Rt Hon Jack Straw, MP Home Secretary Ethical and human rights issues have assumed an increasingly high profile in the wake of miscarriages of justice, racism (Lawrence Inquiry), incompetence and corruption - in both Britain and overseas. At the same time the implementation of the Human Rights Act 1998 in England and Wales will have a major impact on policing, challenging many of the assumptions about how policing is carried out. This book aims to provide an accessible introduction to the key issues surrounding ethics in policing, linking this to recent developments and new human rights legislation. It sets out a powerful case for a modern 'ethical policing' approach. Policing, Ethics and Human Rights argues that securing and protecting human rights should be a major, if not the major, rationale for public policing.

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About the author (2001)

Peter Neyroud is Deputy Chief Constable, West Mercia Constabulary, Vice-chairman of the Association of Chief Police Officers' human rights committee, and a Council Member of 'Justice'.

Alan Beckley is Head of Management Development Training in West Mercia Constabulary, has written extensively on policing issues, and is Editor of the journal Police Research and Management.

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