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Civilian oversight of the police in major cities / Darrel W. Stephens, Scrivner Ellen, Josie F. Cambareri.

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Canadian Policing Research Catalogue






Includes bibliographical references.


1 online resource (vii, 40 pages)


"Although not generally acknowledged by the public, police agencies have always had civilian oversight through elected mayors, city councils, prosecutors’ offices, court decisions, and state and federal legislation. Since the early 1960s, other forms of oversight have been developed in the hope of ensuring greater police accountability and community trust. In the earliest cases, a number of cities established civilian police commissions or boards (Los Angeles; Chicago; Kansas City, Missouri; and Detroit are examples) that played a role in the selection of the chief, policy development, and discipline. Since the late 1960s, other forms of civilian oversight have emerged."--Page 1.


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1. Introduction. -- 2. Civilian oversight survey. -- Prevalence of civilian oversight. -- Civilian oversight model types and board characteristics. -- Characteristics of oversight bodies. -- 3. Round table discussion. -- Agency presentations. -- Civilian oversight issues. -- 4. Conclusion. -- 5. References. -- 6. Appendix A. Civilian oversight survey. -- Civilian oversight of police. -- 7. Appendix B. Round table participants. -- 8. Appendix C. Round table agenda.

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