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This subject introduces students to the historical, political and social forces which shape police organisations, policies and practices. The subject covers the origins, functions and structures of contemporary policing , and identifies key emerging issues and challenges in policing such as the effectiveness of policing in crime control, the emergence of community policing, police culture, police misbehaviour and accountability, organisational change and organisational renewal. The emphasis is upon public (state) policing sector and to 21st century developments in multi-agency policing. Upon completion of the subject, students should be able to analyse critically current developments in policing in terms of their historical, theoretical, political and functional contexts.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should:
- Understand the historical origins of modern policing;
- Understand the broad functions, structures and purposes of modern policing
- Be able to identify the historical, theoretical, political and functional contexts in which modern policing takes place;
- Be able to analyse critically current developments in policing in terms of their historical, theoretical, political and functional contexts.
- Be able to articulate and analyse contemporary controversies associated with policing.
- Communicate effectively in oral and written formats
Last updated: 20 February 2024