How does society hold its police to account? It’s a vital part of upholding law and liberty but changing modes of policing delivery and new technologies call for fresh thinking about the way we guard our guards.
This much-needed new book from leading criminology professor Michael Rowe, part of the ‘Key Themes in Policing’ series, explores issues of governance, discipline and transparency. The landmark new study:
• Showcases how social change and rising inequalities make it more difficult to ensure meaningful accountability;
• Addresses the impact of Evidence-Based Policing strategies on the direction and control of officers;
• Sets out a game-changing agenda for ensuring democratic and answerable policing.
For policing students and practitioners, it’s an essential guide to modern-day accountability.
"This topical book achieves a holistic analysis of the shifting parameters of police accountability in the 21st century; it will be required reading for both students and scholars of policing studies." David Baker, University of Liverpool
“This very welcome book from a renowned policing scholar addresses urgent issues of inequality, privatisation, Big Data and AI innovation, which are affecting processes of police governance and accountability in new and complex ways. It is a ‘must-read’.” John McDaniel, University of Wolverhampton
"An excellent interrogation into professional policing practices and professional standards. Essential reading for trainee police officers looking to understand the necessity of policing the police." Michelle Addison, Northumbria University
Michael Rowe is Professor of Criminology at the University of Northumbria. He has an international reputation for his research and publications in the field of policing, particularly in relation to police culture, reforms, diversity, the policing of domestic violence, online victimisation and offender desistance.
Police Accountability in the 21st Century, New Wine, New Bottles?;
Principles and Purposes of Accountability;
Governance and Politics of Policing;
Complaints and Discipline;
Science, Evidence and Police Accountability in the Age of Big Data;
Internal Management and Leadership;
Transparency and the External Gaze;
Police Accountability and the Problem of the Public.