15 October 2009 – Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Promotiezaal D.002, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels
Presentation of Prof. Jack Greene : download here.
The police walk a delicate line in civil societies, as they at once represent the visible presence of the law and the capacity of the state for social regulation and the use of force, while at the same time drawing their legitimacy from the very populace they police—at least in democratic societies. This balance between state authority and individual or human rights is at times strained by police actions. Police discretion is conditioned by many factors imbedded in individual circumstances and how social “facts” are presented and perceived. However, discretion can be seen as a mechanism through which state rights and human rights are often reconciled, if reconciled at all.
How the use of police discretion intersects with human rights is the broad subject of this lecture. Most particularly, the range of what are considered “coercive” police actions that most affect human rights is considered. This lecture is most particularly focused on democratic policing, as policing in totalitarian regimes is largely based on fear rather than social or community consensus.
Jack R. Greene is Professor and former Dean of the College of Criminal Justice at Northeastern University in Boston where he led academic and research programs focused on matters of criminology and justice policy. An expert on matters of police service delivery, community approaches to policing, crime prevention and police management Greene has written widely, as author/editor of 5 books, a 2 volume Encyclopedia of Police Science, and over 100 research articles, book chapters, research reports and policy papers on matters of policing in the US and internationally. Dr. Greene is a Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and has been a consultant to major police and governmental agencies throughout his career. He was also a Commissioner on the Commission for the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies. He is currently co-editing, Criminologists on Terrorism (Cambridge University Press) with colleagues Brian Forst and James Lynch, and is working on a book tentatively entitled, Re-Imagining Policing in the Millennium.
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