Law Enforcement Organization Relationships
Oxford University Handbook on Prosecutors and Prosecution (2019)
19 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2019 Last revised: 6 Feb 2019
Date Written: January 14, 2019
Although police departments and prosecutor’s offices must closely collaborate, their organizational roles and networks, and the distinctive perspectives of their personnel, will inevitably and regularly lead to forceful dialogue and disruptive friction. Such friction can occasionally undermine thoughtful deliberation about public safety, the rule of law, and community values. Viewed more broadly, however, these interactions promote just such deliberation, which will become even healthier when the dialogue breaks out of the closed world of criminal justice bureaucracies and includes the public to which these bureaucracies are ultimately responsible.
Keywords: police-prosecutor relations, charging decisions
JEL Classification: K14
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