CRI5003D Policing and Police Powers

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As part of the formal assessment for the programme you are required to submit a Policing and Police Powers assignment. Please refer to your Student Handbook for full details of the programme assessment scheme and general information on preparing and submitting assignments.

Learning Outcomes: After completing the module you should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the key ways in which policing is governed and held accountable.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the complexity of contemporary policing issues in the UK and, where appropriate, the historical development of those issues.

3. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate ideas, concepts and issues relating to policing, drawing on a range of sources to support opinions and judgements.

4. Demonstrate the ability to analyse issues for which there may be a large body of material, reaching evidenced arguments based on relevant legal, sociological and philosophical perspectives.

5. Understand the importance of keeping up to date with research and debate in a fast-moving policy environment.

Guidance Your assignment should include: a title page containing your student number, the module name, the submission deadline and the exact word count of your submitted document; the appendices if relevant; and a reference list in AU Harvard system(s). You should address all the elements of the assignment task listed below. Please note that tutors will use the assessment criteria set out below in assessing your work.

You must not include your name in your submission because Arden University operates anonymous marking, which means that markers should not be aware of the identity of the student. However, please do not forget to include your STU number.

Question 1 The police can be held accountable for a range of actions they may perform within their daily work roles. Complete both tasks below:

a) What roles do a) the Police and Crime Commissioner,

b) the Independent Police Complaints Commission, and

c) the Parliament in England, play in police accountability? b) How well does the current system of police accountability ensure that the police act in a professional manner whilst also serving the needs of the public?

Question 2 Through forms of ‘responsibilisation’, both the police and the public have been expected to work together to reduce crime. Complete all three tasks below:

a) Describe community policing and how the police are expected to work with the public in such a model of policing.

b) How are members of the public involved in a community-based model of policing?

c) Critically discuss the limitations of the community policing model and the difficulties in implementing such a model.

Question 3 Police work has increasingly ‘pluralised’ in recent years with other governmental and private bodies now playing some role in ‘police work’. Complete both tasks below:

a) To what extent do private companies perform ‘police work’ and in which areas of policing is this most likely to be observed?

b) How effective is the contracting of private companies in reducing crime?

Question 4 The Public Order Act 1986 has played a major role in the policing of groups of people. Complete all three tasks below: a) How has the use of public order policing influenced the ways in which groups of people are ‘policed’?

b) How does the concept of the ‘mob’ link to both public order policing and the Public Order Act 1986?

c) What measures could be put in place to reduce the likelihood of riots manifesting?


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