A comparative study exploring police discretion whilst addressing anti-social behaviour (ASB) among young people in England and Poland

Research Institution / Organisation

University of Huddersfield

Principal Researcher

Mrs Monika Baylis

Level of Research


Project Start Date

September 2014

Research Context

​The central aim of the study is to examine police discretion, specifically the course of action taken by serving police officers from Poland and England in responding to ASB amongst young people (under 18 years old) and to examine explanations for their decision making.

Research Methodology

​The proposed study will use a mixed methods approach (a qualitative and quantitative design).
Therefore, the process of collecting data will consist of three phases: interviews, scenarios and observations. 

The first phase will involve thirty two serving police officers (sixteen in both countries). The second phase will use the same sampling, however the Decision Board Analysis (DBA) consisting of 4 ASB scenarios and the Verbal Protocol Analysis (VPA) will be utilised. The third phase will be carried out in the form of five observations (Ridealong Scheme) which will be the subject of post-doctoral publications.  It is believed that this will benefit future police training for front line officers.

Interim reports and publications

​Not available

Date due for completion

August 2019
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