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Civilian oversight of police in Australia

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 141

Colleen Lewis and Tim Prenzler
ISBN 0 642 24140 6 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, December 1999


The results of a survey of oversight bodies responsible for police conduct in Australia are presented in this paper. The authors highlight various options for police accountability, address issues arising from the development of external oversight and consider how these civilian bodies should function.