Rethinking Police Complaints
University of Manchester
The British Journal of Criminology, Vol. 44, Issue 1, pp. 15-33, 2004
Procedures for dealing with complaints against the police have been at the centre of police reform for the last half-century. This paper departs from the traditional 'who investigates' approach and managerial orthodoxy to consider the primary functions of the complaints process. Four causes of complaint are identified-unprofessional behaviour, criminal conduct, tortious action and unacceptable policy-and four functions are considered-managerial, liability, restorative and accountability. It is concluded that in order to effectively and efficiently deal with the various causes of complaint, a two-tier system is required to deal with complaints that allege unprofessional behaviour and criminal conduct, and a third, separate tier, is necessary to consider complaints regarding unacceptable police policy.
Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: July 16, 2008
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