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Police Research, Police Sicence-prospects of a European Project

Detlef Nogala, from the CEPOL – European Police College, made a contribution to the 2012 Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, in the category “Criminological Theory, Research and Education,” under the title “Police Research, Police Sicence-prospects of a European Project”. Here is the abstract: Seen from a criminological perspective, police is the institution which is very much involved in the detection and “processing” of deviance and criminal threads, usually associated with the “security-end” of the scale. This is also the institution, where the freedom of the citizens is at stake in the first place in case of conflict and confrontation. However, police forces in European countries have come a long way and have invested significantly in resources to get the balance right between efficiency/security and respect for human and civil rights (freedom). This paper will argue that over the last decade police research – regardless if about, for or with the police – has become a significant resource for reforming and reshaping individual and organisational behaviour in an increasing number of European countries. So far, police research and police studies have been strongly associated with the broader framework of criminology. With reference to an emerging network of research departments dedicated to police work and effects of policing, the paper will address the prospects for a “European project of Police Science” and its relationship to Criminology in Europe.

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  • “Police Research, Police Sicence-prospects of a European Project”, by Detlef Nogala (Proceedings)

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