An investigation into the attitudes of police officers towards the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime

Bray, Alex (2009) An investigation into the attitudes of police officers towards the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This thesis aims to examine the attitudes of police officers towards the requirement under the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime to keep victims updated about the progress of an investigation. This is achieved through a combination of both quantitative research in the form of a questionnaire disseminated to serving and student officers as well as a number of semi-structured interviews that were conducted with serving police officers from Surrey Police. The research has concluded that officers accepted and understood their responsibilities under the Code of Practice but that there were a number of influencing variables that affected the quality and quantity of the information that they provided to victims. A significant relationship was found to suggest that younger less experienced officers were more likely to be influenced by the characteristics of the victim and the circumstances of the offence than older more experienced officers.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/753

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