Police decision making and the drunk : Exploring penalty notices for disorder

Grace, SK ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1511-9886 2013, 'Police decision making and the drunk : Exploring penalty notices for disorder' , in: Crime, Violence, Justice and Social Order: Monitoring Contemporary Security Issues , GERN Research Paper Series (1) , Maklu, pp. 111-129.

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Abstract

Binge drinking accounts for half of all alcohol consumed in Britain, however, whilst there is much research about the policing of the night-time economy (NTE), there is little that considers the specific role of the police in dealing with alcohol-related disorder. This paper explores officers’ decisions to intervene and/or take formal action when faced with offending in the night-time economy, focusing particularly on the use (and non-use) of penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) (police-issued fines). Drawing on fieldwork undertaken in one English city, this chapter presents the findings of a quantitative analysis of PND tickets, street-level police observations and a qualitative review of PND tickets. This paper provides an insight into the realities of policing alcohol-related offending and considers the influence of offence severity, offender intoxication and offender demeanour in police decision making, exploring how these factors interact with officers’ need to maintain control when policing the night-time economy.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Ponsaers, P, Crawford, A, de Maillard, J, Shapland, J and Verhage, A
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: GERN Research paper Series: Crime, Violence, Justice and Social Order
Publisher: Maklu
Series Name: GERN Research Paper Series
ISBN: 9789046606032
Depositing User: SK Grace
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2020 13:03
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2020 17:45
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/56753

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