Rendering Visible the Invisible: Police Discretion, Professionalism and Decision-making

  title={Rendering Visible the Invisible: Police Discretion, Professionalism and Decision-making},
  author={Michael Rowe},
  journal={Policing and Society},
  pages={279 - 294}
  • M. Rowe
  • Published 24 August 2007
  • Law
  • Policing and Society
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