Law Enforcement Organization Relationships

Oxford University Handbook on Prosecutors and Prosecution (2019)

Columbia Public Law Research Paper No. 14-616

19 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2019 Last revised: 6 Feb 2019

Date Written: January 14, 2019

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Richman, Daniel C., Law Enforcement Organization Relationships (January 14, 2019). Oxford University Handbook on Prosecutors and Prosecution (2019); Columbia Public Law Research Paper No. 14-616. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3315731

Daniel C. Richman (Contact Author)

Columbia Law School ( email )

435 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10025
United States

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