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Enforcing Police Accountability through Civilian Oversight

by Sankar Sen SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Pub Date:
07/2010
ISBN:
9788132104537
Format:
Hbk 212 pages
Price:
AU$79.00 NZ$83.48
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This book explores the sensitive issue of police accountability to civilian oversight bodies to control police excesses. At the centre of the discourse lies the tacit acknowledgement that the enormous power and authority invested in the police does lead to corruption and excesses unless adequate checks and balances are installed. The book analyses these checks and balances and how these can be made more effective. It puts forth a cross-national study of internal and external mechanisms for enforcing police accountability, and critically appraises the effectiveness of civilian oversight bodies. It also touches upon the working of National Human Rights Commission of India. While supporting the role of civil oversight bodies in enforcing police accountability, the author also discusses scenarios of police resistance which have often paralyzed the functioning of oversight bodies in Australia, Canada and U S A. As a solution he recommends that the primary object of an oversight body should not be only to enquire into complaints against police and recommend action against the defaulting officers, but also to highlight systemic inadequacies and recommend changes in policies and procedures. This book will be extremely valuable to professionals in police academies, public administration and state security commissions, and human rights activists.

Police Accountability Control by External Agencies Civilian Oversight Bodies Policing the Police-Experience in the United Kingdom Police Oversight in Canada Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Public Complaint Commission Police Ombudsman in Northern Ireland Independent Complaints Directorate Police Complaints Authority-Australia Police Oversight in Brazil National Human Rights Commission and Police Oversight Requirements for a Successful Oversight Body Police Oversight in USA Police Reforms in India and Neighboring Countries

A must acquire for police officers, young executives in public administration, human rights organizations and intelligentsia who believe in bringing reforms for good governance. Defence Watch The book has raised many issues which will attract the attention of not only the serving police officers but also researchers, educationists, lawyers and people from other sections of the society. Journal of Human Values Anybody doing research on the subject will have tremendous access to an authentic resource-base in this book. The writer is a prolific contributor on various aspects of police and policing with long practical experience of police work as well as human rights activities. He is perhaps best equipped to collate such data with proper care and wisdom and that is why this book is such a valuable addition to the discourse. The Statesman
Sankar Sen is presently Senior Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi. A distinguished member of the Indian Police Service, from the Orissa cadre; he served in the Intelligence Bureau for seven years, and also as the Additional Director General, BSF, West Bengal. He was the Director of the National Police Academy, Hyderabad and the Director General (Investigation), National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). As the Director he was responsible for many innovative changes in the training programs of Indian Police Service officers. He was also deeply involved in the human rights sensitization of Indian police and personnel of para-military forces and improvement of the prison administration. He built up an excellent investigation wing of the NHRC. Sen was awarded the Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 1979 and Presidentas Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 1986. A large number of his articles on law-enforcement, terrorism, drug trafficking, custodial justice, human rights, etc., have appeared in national dailies and well-known magazines in and outside the country. His publications include Indian Police Today (1994), Police in Democratic Societies (2000), Human Rights and Law Enforcement (2002) and Human Rights in Developing Society (2009).