Police Coping with Death: Assumptions and Rhetoric

  • Margaret Mitchell


Police officers, in their work with the community, are exposed to death and dead bodies and attend what are called ‘sudden deaths’. These are defined as deaths which are ‘not preceded by illness, or where illness is present for only a short time before death’(Scottish Police College Training Notes, 1991). The function of this duty, in legal terms, is to investigate the possibility of suspicious circumstances surrounding the death. More generally, the purpose is to ascertain whether the death requires a report to the Procurator Fiscal in Scotland (for whom the police act as agents), or in England, to the Coroner.


Sudden Death Police Officer Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Police Service Dead Body 
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© Glennys Howarth and Peter C. Jupp 1996

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