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Regulating police interrogation

WithDavid Dixon

This chapter considers possibilities and problems in the regulation of police interrogation, drawing for its perspective on my research on the legal regulation of policing (Dixon 1997) and on audio-visual recording of interrogation (Dixon 2004b forthcoming), as well as on recent work in regulatory theory (Baldwin et al. 1998; Parker and Braithwaite 2003; Parker et al. 2004). The potential connections between policing and regulation have been generally neglected. The growing literature on regulation is predominantly concerned with corporations or privatized utilities.1 Police are more often seen as those who impose regulation than its recipients, as regulators rather than regulatees. Here, the focus is on police practices in interrogating suspects as the subject of regulation.