Police Function, Structure, and Control in Western Europe and North America: Comparative and Historical Studies

  title={Police Function, Structure, and Control in Western Europe and North America: Comparative and Historical Studies},
  author={David H. Bayley},
  journal={Crime and Justice},
  pages={109 - 143}
  • D. Bayley
  • Published 1 January 1979
  • Law
  • Crime and Justice
This essay examines comparative and historical studies of the function, structure, and control of the police in Western Europe and North America, assessing what is known about variations in each and whether explanations for these variations have been convincingly demonstrated. Study of the nature of police work has employed three quite different measures of function-the number of personnel assigned to different specialized units, the kind of occasions that trigger police mobilizations, and the… 
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