Conduct of England and Wales Police Report
The police play a very important role in protecting the public from crime by acting as the first link in the chain of causation that leads from an incident going through investigation to an offender getting the sentence. Therefore, if this link is broken, the entire system of police, prosecutors, and court failed in civil society (Myhill and Quinton 2011). The operation of police of England and Wales is critically analyzed on variables of fairness and justice by the support of evidence related to the situation.
Conduct of England and Wales Police
In the context of road policing, the total level of policing remain unchanged with the England and Wales police making up just to 3% of the total police force in 2013. Between the periods of 2002/03 to 2011/12, the roads police numbers in England and Wales saw a cut by 29% and the chart below depicts the picture in a clear manner:
(Source: The role of the police 2013)
Considering the conduct of the road police of England and Wales, the following is the evidence of unfair conduct of the police in 2012: Aiden was an enthusiastic cycler who was cycling up a hill in 2012 when got hit by a 4*4 driver. He suffered multiple vertebral fractures due to the collision. He remained in the hospital for 5 days and was off work for 4 months. The police officer who attended the case blamed Aiden in an implicit manner for the occurred incident. Despite the fact there were a number of vehicles present at the scene, the police did intent to take any witness statements. The police accepted the explanation of the driver that he could not see Aiden on the hill due to being dazzled by the sunlight. However, the police did not consider and analyze the position of the sun in the sky at the time of collision for verifying the claim that the driver should have adjusted the speed (The role of the police 2013).
On the other hand, the unprejudiced conduct of England and Wales police is seen in the fact that the police tries to maximize public cooperation, as dealing with priorities and concerns of local communities is an important function of the police. It is identified by the recent analysis of the British crime survey that is carried out by RAI that the police detect the majority of the volume crimes in the country through the information provided by witnesses and victims. Forty-two percent of the detections for the volume crime come from the first links to a suspect that the victims or witnesses provide. It shows the unprejudiced conduct of operations of police as per the procedural justice model by Tom Tyler that put forward the theory that people cooperate with people and obey the law because of the motivation primarily fostered by the fairness of the police and good quality interaction between the public and the police (Myhill and Quinton 2011).
The police of England and Wales conduct in a fair and unprejudiced manner. However, there is a requirement of bringing in quality road investigations, as it is the first and critical step towards facilitating a fair response from the justice system through careful and thorough investigation.
The role of the police. 2013. [Online]. Available at: http://www.roadjustice.org.uk/sites/roadjustice.org.uk/files/CTC%20Road%20Justice%20-%20the%20role%20of%20the%20police.pdf [Accessed on: 01 January 2014].
Myhill, A. and Quinton, P. 2011. [Online]. Available at: http://www.college.police.uk/en/docs/Fair_cop_Full_Report.pdf [Accessed on: 01 January 2014].