- Mark ElliottMark ElliottProfessor of Public Law, University of Cambridge
- and Robert ThomasRobert ThomasProfessor of Public Law, University of Manchester
This chapter is concerned with three key constitutional issues relating to policing. First, it considers the extent and limits of the powers of the police—and, correlatively, the relevant rights of individuals. Second, it examines the arrangements for overseeing the police and holding it to account. Third, it addresses police governance, including the recent introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners and the balance between political direction and police independence.