The treatment of victims and complainants by the police is examined in this pioneering new work. Case studies based on interviews carried out at the University of Portsmouth’s Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, reveal that complainants of police behaviour largely include victims of crime, families of the bereaved and police officers themselves.
Focusing on the institutional methods used to deal with complainants leads to an examination of bias, covert practices and one of the most common areas of policing: road death investigations. Consequently, other members of the criminal justice system, such as prosecutors, coroners and hospital pathologists are shown to often corroborate the police’s version of events, compromising victims’ rights.
The author argues that only a greater openness on the inner workings of the police and the criminal justice system as a whole can fully support the interests of those the police are meant to serve. It is hoped this book will go some way to offering that much needed transparency.