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Community Consultation has been at the heart of successive government policy in recent years for policing'. Explain how this as evolved, paying particular attention to Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and Police Act 1996

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'Community Consultation has been at the heart of successive government policy in recent years for policing'. Explain how this as evolved, paying particular attention to Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and Police Act 1996. STUDENT REF: B.A. CRIMINOLOGY WITH LAW. Word count: 1500 Total 7 Pages COMMUNITY CONSULTATION - POLICE AND CRIMINAL EVIDENCE ACT 1984 AND POLICE ACT 1996. Introduction: firstly it was introduced late 70s and early 80s when a need of police and community consultation was first realised. It was meant to get help from local community to stop or reduce crime by the way of consulting them. Later some amendments were introduced to community consultation under Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and Police Act 1996. Definition: Consultation is defined as a process of dialogue that leads to a decision. This is a useful working definition as it implies an on-going exchange of ideas and information, not a one-off event. It also highlights the importance of consultation being closely related to decisions - there is little point in consulting about our policies and services if they are not going to be reviewed. ...read more.


Police forces and police authorities must show the way in which consultation informs policing plans, as well as CDRP strategies, and Best Value reviews of services. Following Pace 1984, most police authorities established community and police liaison forums(CPLF). It is an open public meeting attended by, on average 40 members of the public. CPLFs provide the public with information and the opportunity to talk to district commanders, senior officers. There were approximately 100 CPLFs per year. The Home Office Police Research Group, in 1966 issued ''Its Good to Talk''. They analysed the extent to which CPLFs met the objectives of policing plans and initiate police-public partnership. CPLFs provide an important consultation opportunity. Following Act 1996 , however, the importance of consultation and police authorities responsibilities increased in terms of planning, best value , and crime and disorder. Police authorities must increase the ways in which they consult. Consultation elements:- Each element of consultation strategy is explained as follows, taking account of the Audit Commission's decision principle and the importance of providing feedback. a) WHAT: Describes the details behind each element of the consultation strategy, b) WHY: Explains the way in which element supports legal responsibilities. ...read more.


Conclusion- Improving consultation between police and potential third parties is, in my view, the first matter that the police need to work on to ensure fairness in use of third party policing. Advocating the importance of consultation with community members in general and community meetings in particular is discussed and well-worn issue in the community policing literature. Community consultation since its rise in early 80s has seen success in past two decades. Therefore to make it more successful some amendments were introduced time to time as they need. More successful community consultations, and more creative results, are achieved by consulting about the problem, allowing the community and organisation to come up with solutions together. Police and Community consultation can be a very effective tool when used appropriately by organisations that are prepared to utilise the knowledge and expertise of the communities they deal with. Reference: Harfield, C. (1997) Consent, consensus or the management of dissent? Challenges to community consultation in a new policing environment. Policing and Society, 7, p271-289. Morgan, R. (1995) Making consultation work - A handbook for those involved in police community consultation arrangements. London: Police Foundation Philip Daniel Smith & Kristin Natalier (2005) Criminal Justice, Sociological Perspectives. London: Sage Publications Lorraine Green Mazerolle & Janet Ransley (2005) Third Part Policing. Cambridge University Press Websites: www.police.uk www.communityengagement.police.uk Page 1 of 7 Student ref: ...read more.

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