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Department
Criminology
Course
CRM2305
Professor
Carolyn Gordon
Semester
Fall

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Lecture 4­ Friday, January 25, 13 • Police Governance & Accountability  • No other criminal justice professional comes under as much constant and public scrutiny­  but no other criminal justice professional wields so much discretion in so many  circumstances. The scrutiny is understandable when one realized that the police are power  personified.  • Accountability  • Definition: It involves a requirement to give an account or accounts • It consists of a set of prescriptions about who should be required to give accounts, to  whom, when, how and about what  • Debate about police accountability moved to forefront during the late 60’s 70s and 80s • Increased visibility of the police • High profile incidents • Critiques of traditional structure of police accountability  • How are police held accountable? • Legislative and administrative framework • RCMP: governed by the federal minister of public safety  • OPP, QPP, and RNC: governed by provincial ministries • Municipal and regional police: governed by police commissions or police service board  • Canadian police are he
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