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Who needs critical friends? Independent advisory groups in the age of the police and crime commissioner

Dixon, Bill

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In the early 2000s, many police forces in England and Wales set up independent advisory groups (IAGs) following an inquiry into the flawed investigation of the murder of a black teenager, Stephen Lawrence, by London's Metropolitan Police. Members of IAGs were to act as critical friends of the police providing independent advice on policies, procedures and practices, thus ensuring that no section of their local community was disadvantaged through a lack of understanding, ignorance or mistaken beliefs. Based on a case study of an IAG in an English police force, this article reviews the operation of IAGs following the radical changes made to police governance by the introduction of directly elected police and crime commissioners (PCCs). Its main argument is that more thought needs to be given to the role of IAGs in this new landscape and urgent steps taken to clarify their relationships with police forces and PCCs.

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Dixon, B. (2018). Who needs critical friends? Independent advisory groups in the age of the police and crime commissioner. Policing, doi:10.1093/police/pay068. ISSN 1752-4512

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 13, 2018
Online Publication Date Sep 7, 2018
Publication Date Sep 7, 2018
Deposit Date Oct 15, 2018
Publicly Available Date Sep 8, 2020
Journal Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice
Print ISSN 1752-4512
Electronic ISSN 1752-4520
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/police/pay068
Keywords Law
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1166473
Publisher URL https://academic.oup.com/policing/advance-article/doi/10.1093/police/pay068/5092465

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