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Police and Democratic Societies

Police and Democratic Societies
Police and Democratic Societies
Product Code : Edition-2016
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Police in civil societies are distinct in that they represent a state governed by rule of law but one that protects human rights and freedoms. The primary role of police in democratic societies is to protect the fundamental rights of citizens and the primary criteria for police governance includes equity, delivery of service, responsiveness, distribution of power, redress, and participation. The idea is that although the police themselves cannot bring about political democracy they can contribute to democratic political development. Despite these grandiose goals, the notion of policing in a free (democratic) society is an “anomaly” given the competing demands of allowing the exercise of authority on the one hand and then limiting that authority. The strength of democracies is directly related to the extent to which its citizens enjoy liberty and freedom due to the ability with which police “discharge their duties”.


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