New book addresses controversial police powers and accountability

Police vs People source: StopWatch
published: 9 December 2015

The recently released ‘Stop and Search: the Anatomy of a Police Power’ provides a compelling and well-rounded analysis of the issues around the power that daily allows officers to invade an individual’s privacy and to intrude into people’s liberty.

Academics and renowned criminologists have contributed to the book’s eight chapters, covering issues ranging from police racism and the economic case for stop and search to counter terrorism policing.

The book launch, hosted by the LSE on 26 November, saw discussions by Emeritus Professor Robert Reiner, Chief Superintendent Victor Olisa and the book’s editors and contributors.

Robert Reiner, one of the pioneers in the development of research on policing since the 1970s, has defined it ‘timely, stimulating and often inspiring’ and argued that it goes right to the heart of policing in an interesting historical period, when serious attempts to reform are being carried out by the Home Office.

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