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(p. 139) 5. Demystifying the Police: Social Research and Police Practice 

(p. 139) 5. Demystifying the Police: Social Research and Police Practice
(p. 139) 5. Demystifying the Police: Social Research and Police Practice

Robert Reiner

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date: 18 October 2019

This chapter explores some of the myths about police and policing in Britain by reviewing the research evidence about police practice. More specifically, it considers the police role and how effectively and fairly it is performed. It looks at studies showing whether police tactics have an impact as far as reducing crime is concerned, together with three innovative policing strategies aimed at remedying a key perceived defect of traditional patrol and detective work: ‘hard cop’, ‘good cop’, and ‘smart cop’. It also examines issues of discrimination among the police against ethnic and other minorities, women, and the socially less powerful, when dealing with them as suspects, victims, or fellow employees.

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