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The Civilian Oversight of Policing: Governance, Democracy and Human Rights

Edited by: Andrew Goldsmith, Colleen Lewis

ISBN13: 9781841130309
ISBN: 1841130303
Published: November 2000
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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The involvement of police and other security forces in systematic abuses of human rights in many developing and developed countries, has placed the control of police on a number of international agendas. An increasing number of countries are experimenting with different forms of police accountability and many are turning to civilian oversight bodies in an attempt to improve the process.;This book examines recent experiences with, and prospects for, civilian oversight. It studies how this relatively new method of police accountability has been interpreted and implemented in a wide range of jurisdictions around the world. While looking at recent experiences in countries which have used the civilian oversight process for some years (the USA, the UK, Northern Ireland and Australia), it also examines recent attempts to establish civilian oversight bodies in South Africa, Israel, Central and South America, and Palestine. Some chapters explain how, in several of these countries, oversight of police conduct is a fundamental governance issue, and relates to concerns about democratization and rebuilding civil society. Other chapters deal with the complex issue of how to evaluate public complaints mechanisms and the political conditions which enable or frustrate the introduction and maintenance of effective civilian oversight.

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Part one Entrenching civilian oversight: the politics of civilian oversight - serious committment or lip service?, Colleen Lewis; race, democracy and law - civilian review of police in Washington D.C., Cheryl Beattie and Ronald Weitzer; back to the future - the death of civilian review of public complaints against the police in Ontario, Canada, Tammy Landau. Part two Evaluating civilian oversight: institutional structure vs political will - Albuquerque as a case study in the effectiveness of citizen oversight of the police, Eileen Luna and Samuel Walker; evaluating the performance of external oversight bodies, David Brereton; evaluating the new civilian complaints board in Israel, Sergio Herzog; evaluating police complaints legislation - a suggested framework, Philip Stenning. Part three Extending civilian oversight: police accountability reform in Colombia - the civilian oversight experiment, Andrew Goldsmith; the South African independent complaints directorate, Bronwen Manby; confronting a culture of impunity - the promise and pitfalls of civilian review of police in Latin America, Rachel Neild; accountability and police complaints in Northern Ireland - leaving the past behind?, Mary O'Raw and Linda Moore; called to account - civilian oversigh in the Palestinian context, Beverley Milton-Edwards.