Policing structures

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This book examines the structures that support the policing organisation internally and externally, including its partners within the criminal justice system. It has been written for students of policing, especially those undertaking qualifications under the new Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF), undergraduates who study the police as part of a criminology or criminal justice degree or similar, and those with a general interest in the police organisation in England and Wales. It includes chapters on:

The historical context of police structure.Accountability, governance, and control in the police.Local, national, and international police structures.The partnership between the police and the criminal justice system.The future structure of policing.

Throughout the chapters are ‘important point boxes’ which emphasise the key parts of each topic. At the end of each chapter are reflective questions, useful websites, and a further reading list, all of which reinforces students’ knowledge and furthers their professional development. Written in clear and direct style, this book will appeal to students of policing, criminology, criminal justice, cultural studies, and law. It is essential reading for students taking a degree in Professional Policing.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
Number of pages222
ISBN (Electronic)9781003002710
ISBN (Print)9780367433673, 9780367433680
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameRoutledge advances in police practice and knowledge


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