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A survey of the allocation and use of community constables in England and Wales

Bennett, Trevor and Lupton, Ruth (1992) A survey of the allocation and use of community constables in England and Wales. British Journal of Criminology, 32 (2). pp. 167-182. ISSN 0007-0955

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Abstract

The paper presents the findings of a national survey of the allocation and use of community constables among police forces in England and Wales. The methods used involved distributing a selfadministered questionnaire to a sample of permanent beat officers and general duty officers in thirtynine of the forty-three forces. The research found that the proportion of all uniform patrol officers allocated to beat duties varied widely among police force areas, ranging from over 50 per cent to fewer than 10 per cent. Community constables were less frequently female and more frequently aged over 30 years than general duty officers. Beat officers spent about 20 per cent of their working time withdrawn from beat duties to conduct other unrelated duties. Overall, beat officers were generally satisfied with their job and believed that community constable work was important. Forces in which beat officers reported that they were relatively less satisfied with their job tended to be those forces in which general duty officers also reported that they were relatively less satisfied with their job. The paper concludes by drawing attention to some of the features of the use of community constables which are of current concern and which might generate problems in the future.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://bjc.oxfordjournals.org/
Additional Information: © 1992 The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Delinquency
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2010 11:11
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/27412/

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