The written assignment comprises an essay of 3000 words.
The essay should not exceed 3000 words and you must include the word-count on the front page of the work. The essay must be fully referenced using the Harvard referencing system.
key elements of the essay
The role of the public police might appear to be straightforward. It could be argued, for example, that their role is simply to prevent and detect crime and to preserve public order. However, in reality the police role is complex, reflecting political, social and economic conditions and pressures that will be explored throughout this module. In order to understand the role of the police the lecture and follow-on seminar will consider the following questions:
• Why were the police established and how did their role develop?
• What are the police supposed to do and what understandings exist about how they do it?
• What do the police actually do?