Operational risk, omissions and liability in policing

Operational risk, omissions and liability in policing Recent decades have seen the sensitisation of UK society towards harm and policing ‘failures’ become increasingly significant. This paper is intended to stimulate thought and debate by analysing some consequences of these developments. It reviews literature in relation to risk-taking in UK operational policing, identifying increased criminal and disciplinary liability, particularly in respect of alleged omissions. Hindsight is found to be a potentially powerful influence. The article concludes that it is unlikely that public culture will be changed readily. However, police and other bodies should be able to reach a common approach towards operational risk, omissions and hindsight. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles SAGE

Operational risk, omissions and liability in policing

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SAGE Publications
Copyright
© The Author(s) 2018
ISSN
0032-258X
eISSN
1740-5599
D.O.I.
10.1177/0032258X18777915
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Abstract

Recent decades have seen the sensitisation of UK society towards harm and policing ‘failures’ become increasingly significant. This paper is intended to stimulate thought and debate by analysing some consequences of these developments. It reviews literature in relation to risk-taking in UK operational policing, identifying increased criminal and disciplinary liability, particularly in respect of alleged omissions. Hindsight is found to be a potentially powerful influence. The article concludes that it is unlikely that public culture will be changed readily. However, police and other bodies should be able to reach a common approach towards operational risk, omissions and hindsight.

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The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and PrinciplesSAGE

Published: Jan 1, 2018

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