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Law in Policing: Legal Regulation and Police Practices

NCJ Number
D Dixon
Date Published
381 pages
This comprehensive book deals with essential questions about the nature of contemporary policing, how policing and law interrelate and how policing practices can be significantly changed by legal regulation.
The questions are examined in terms of theoretical, comparative, and historical perspectives. Reporting original empirical research from England and Australia, the book deals with issues that are at the heart of contemporary debates about policing. Initial book chapters cover theories of law in policing (legalistic-bureaucratic, culturalist, and structural theories), police powers, and policing by law and policing by consent. Subsequent chapters concern detention for questioning in England, Wales, and Australia, as well as the legal regulation of custodial interrogation in New South Wales, silent suspects and police questions, and legal and regulatory issues in policing. The author argues that legal regulation and policing practices are inextricably intertwined and that this relationship is interactive. References and footnotes