Civilian policing, legitimacy and vigilantism: Findings from three case studies in England and Wales

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dc.contributor.author Sharp, Douglas en
dc.contributor.author Atherton, Susie en
dc.contributor.author Williams, Kate en
dc.date.accessioned 2014-07-08T13:42:01Z
dc.date.available 2014-07-08T13:42:01Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Sharp, D., Atherton, S. and Williams, K. (2008) Civilian policing, legitimacy and vigilantism: Findings from three case studies in England and Wales. Policing and Society, 18 (3), pp. 245-257 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/10090
dc.description.abstract The growth of civilian policing is indicative of public concerns regarding crime, community safety and the performance of the police, along with the recognition of the need for communities to engage in reducing crime and disorder. This paper examines three examples of ‘civilian policing’, including two ‘Street Watch’ schemes and a private security firm. It explores the legitimisation of civilian policing schemes by the police, along with the extent of public support and the impact upon crime reduction. Two of the case studies demonstrate the difficulties for the police in legitimising schemes that engage in the use of or threat of violence and what could be termed ‘vigilantism’. Such activities can clearly undermine the legitimacy of the police, and more specifically the ideals of community policing. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Policing and Society en
dc.title Civilian policing, legitimacy and vigilantism: Findings from three case studies in England and Wales en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10439460802091419
dc.researchgroup Criminal Justice, Policy and Practice en
dc.peerreviewed Yes en
dc.funder ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) en
dc.projectid 1 en


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