MILLEN, F. and STEPHENS, M., 2011. Policing and accountability: the working of Police Authorities. Policing and Society, 21 (3), pp. 265 - 283.
In recent times policing has attracted a good deal of controversy, such as the
paramilitary tactics employed at demonstrations, the use of stop and search
powers under the Terrorism Act 2000, and the manner in which police officers are
deployed on day-to-day duties. This paper outlines the role and potential of police
authorities to influence police policy and operations and also highlights the need
to seek greater citizen participation in holding the police to account. The major
part of the paper draws on ground-breaking research on police authorities using
questionnaire and in-depth interview data to outline just how it is that police
authority members approach their duties.