Understanding discretion in modern policing

Bronitt, Simon and Stenning, Philip (2011) Understanding discretion in modern policing. Criminal Law Journal, 35 6: 319-332.

Author Bronitt, Simon
Stenning, Philip
Title Understanding discretion in modern policing
Journal name Criminal Law Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0314-1160
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 35
Issue 6
Start page 319
End page 332
Total pages 14
Place of publication Rozelle, NSW, Australia
Publisher Lawbook Co.
Language eng
Abstract Discretion is a ubiquitous and legitimate aspect of modern policing, though its scope and limits are poorly understood. In this article, the authors seek to refine our understanding of discretion in modern policing by examining the historical evolution of the concept, and the modern challenges facing individual officers and police organisations in reconciling, on the one hand, the duty to enforce the law fairly and impartially, and on the other hand, the need to temper strict law enforcement for sound policy and operational reasons. The article reviews recent case law in Canada exploring these tensions within policing and the proper limits of police discretion.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: TC Beirne School of Law Publications
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