CRIM 2652 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Informal Social Control, Police Services Act Of Ontario, Authoritarianism

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Griffiths addresses some of the misconceptions concerning police work, such as the assumption that they are tasked with crime prevention. 2) right to enter private lives of citizens (including property) Policing institutions are important as they represent the formal mechanisms of social control, in which they reproduce the social order. In many ways, their existence is justified by a set of informal ideas that provide a moral justification to their existence (gramsci"s notion of hegemony) They have the right, under specific conditions, to intervene in the private lives of citizens. The legitimate use of force is sanctioned by the law, which is executed by the policemonopoly over the use of legitimate force. Peel model of modern policing: the new police: Prior to the establishment of the metropolitan police, policing was done informally. Didn"t question the force or power of the sovereign.

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