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The police and the new magistracy: independent members and the new police authorities

Newburn, Tim and Jones, Trevor (1999) The police and the new magistracy: independent members and the new police authorities. Liverpool Law Review, 21 (2/3). pp. 241-259. ISSN 0144-932X

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Identification Number: 10.1023/A:1005646902653


Independent appointed members to police authorities were introduced as part of the reforms brought about by the Police and Magistrates' Courts Act 1994. This radical change to the make-up of police authorities was defended by government ministers as a necessary reform in order to broaden the expertise and experience available in such bodies. Critics, by contrast, saw the change as a move to further centralise control, and as a means of reducing local democratic input, over policing. Using data from a national telephone survey of police authority clerks, and case studies of three police force areas, this article examines the role of `independent' appointed members to local police authorities. We argue that the early signs are that the new members are becoming well integrated into police authorities, although such bodies have been significantly depoliticised as a result of this and other changes.

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Additional Information: © 1999 Springer
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2015 14:20
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:34

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