Accountability of Policing provides a contemporary and wide-ranging examination of the accountability and governance of ‘police’ and ‘policing’. Debates about ‘who guards the guards’ are among the oldest and most protracted in the history of democracy, but over the last decade we have witnessed important changes in how policing and security agencies are governed, regulated and held to account. Against a backdrop of increasing complexity in the local, national and transnational landscapes of ‘policing’, political, legal, administrative and technological developments have served to alter regimes of accountability. The extent and pace of these changes raises a pressing need for ongoing academic research, analysis and debate.

Bringing together contributions from a range of leading scholars, this book offers an authoritative and comprehensive analysis of the shifting themes of accountability within policing. The contributions explore questions of accountability across a range of dimensions, including those ‘individuals’ and ‘institutions’ responsible for its delivery, within and between the ‘public’ and ‘private’ sectors, and at ‘local’, ‘national’ and ‘transnational’ scales of jurisdiction. They also engage with the concept of ‘accountability’ in a broad sense, bringing to the surface the various meanings that have become associated with it and demonstrating how it is invoked and interpreted in different contexts.

Accountability of Policing is essential reading for academics and students involved in the study of policing, criminal justice and criminology and will also be of great interest to practitioners and policymakers.

chapter 1|17 pages

Accountability of policing

ByStuart Lister, Michael Rowe

chapter 2|31 pages

The rise and fall of ‘stop and account’

Lessons for police accountability
ByRichard Young

chapter 4|17 pages

Getting behind the blue curtain

Managing police integrity
ByMichael Rowe, Louise Westmarland, Courtney Hougham

chapter 5|25 pages

Integrity, accountability and public trust

Issues raised by the unauthorised use of confidential police information
ByCindy Davids, Gordon Boyce

chapter 6|21 pages

Electocracy with accountabilities?

The novel governance model of Police and Crime Commissioners
ByJohn W. Raine

chapter 7|18 pages

Power to the people?

A social democratic critique of the Coalition Government’s police reforms
ByRobert Reiner

chapter 8|22 pages

Accountability, policing and the Police Service of Northern Ireland

Local practice, global standards?
ByJohn Topping

chapter 9|20 pages

Private security and the politics of accountability

ByAdam White

chapter 10|22 pages

Plural policing and the challenge of democratic accountability

ByStuart Lister, Trevor Jones

chapter 11|17 pages

Reflections on legal and political accountability for global policing

ByBen Bowling, James Sheptycki