Understanding the Police Const
Understanding the Police Constable Role and Powers 2023-24
School Of History, Law And Social Sciences
Module - Semester 1
This module will start with an introduction to the history of modern policing in England and Wales and help to develop a baseline understanding of how the service functions. The module will cover a number of strategic elements such as the roles of those charged with setting the strategic direction of the police service, for example the responsibilities of Home Secretary and of Police and Crime Commissioners’ (PCC) in each area charged with development of the Police and Crime plan. Students will become familiar with how the PCC holds Chief Constables to account for the delivery of the service on behalf of the public. The module will include a discussion of the key legal and policy frameworks to determine policing today and includes a visit to North Wales Police control centre to look at crime and incident recording, in effect the start of the work flow for officers on the street. The role that police services play in the working of the criminal justice system will be discussed and well as some very practical policing skills such as stop and search and powers of arrest.
-History of policing in England and Wales -Principle of policing by consent -The role, responsibilities and powers of a Police Constable -The organisation of policing in England and Wales -The criminal justice system in England and Wales -The role of the police in criminal justice
- Be familiar with the role and position of the police in the criminal justice system
- Confidently engage with the legal and policy framework for policing in England and Wales
- Examine the history of policing in England and Wales and the principle of policing by consent
- Understand the Police Constable’s powers in relation to arrest, investigation, out-of-court disposals, etc.
- Understand the structure and scope of modern day policing in England and Wales