The police are simultaneously agents of human rights and prime actors in the violation of human rights. As gatekeepers of the criminal justice system charged with protecting and serving the community, police are critical in preventing human rights violations and providing recognition and justice for victims. As Crawshaw et al. put it:Police agencies and police officials are uniquely placed to prevent the barbarity of gross abuse of power; to protect the mental and physical integrity of vulnerable people; to alleviate the suffering of victims of human rights violations; and to bring to justice those responsible for such violations.
|Title of host publication||The Routledge International Handbook of Criminology and Human Rights|
|Editors||Leanne Weber, Elaine Fishwick, Marinella Manno|
|Place of Publication||Abingdon Oxon UK|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
|Name||Routledge international handbooks|