Chief Constables

Chief Constables : Bobbies, Bosses or Bureaucrats?

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The policing of Britain is a controversial topic that continues to arouse very diverse passions. At the centre of the debate stand the country's forty-three Chief Constables. Some have achieved celebrity, but little is really known about this powerful elite. Based on his exclusive interviews with the majority of the Chief Constables of England and Wales, Robert Reiner's picture of modern law enforcement reveals their opinions on the selection of the most senior officers, their duties and responsibilities, and their views on the future of the force. This book should be of interest to students of and those interested in sociology, political science, the police and the state of modern more

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  • Paperback | 395 pages
  • 120 x 190mm | 290g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • tables, bibliography
  • 0192852809
  • 9780192852809

Table of contents

Part 1 Top of the bill: why study Chief Constables?; the office of Chief Constable - history and powers; assisting with inquiries - studying a criminal justice elite. Part 2 Who are the Chief Constables?: origins and orientations; the way to the top - Chief Constables' career patterns. Part 3 The ideology of Chief Constables: philosophies of policing and the police role; Chief Constables' criminology - crime, causation, and control; the problem of order; the social philosophy of Chief Constables. Part 4 The control of police forces: bosses in blue - Chief Constables and police management; who governs? - the accountability of police forces. Part 5 Varieties of Chief Constables: the sum of the parts: barons, bobbies, bosses and bureaucrats. Part 6 Conclusion and implications - Chief Constables and the future: back to the future. Appendices: Introductory letter from ACPO and objectives and methods; the question schedule; the history and structure of the Association of Chief Police more