Old, New, Borrowed and Blue – Shifts In Modern Policing
Peer reviewed, Journal article
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Original versionBritish Journal of Criminology. 2021, 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azab085
This article analyses ambiguity and complexity in proactive policing practices and identifies the paradox that despite the focus on increasing proactivity, police work remains strongly reactive. Drawing on a set of Norwegian case studies of policing in different domains, the article shows how under an overarching objective of ‘combating crime’, the distinctions between non-coercive (mainly proactive) forms of prevention or (mainly reactive) methods such as investigation or intelligence are seen as unimportant. This creates a demand for professionals working across different crime types, leading to a shift towards high policing in everyday life and tension between experts and generalists. Other, unintended consequences include a fragmentation of tasks and a more general and abstract way of policing. The result is pluralization and multiagency partnership strategies, where the police conduct high-policing tasks and external actors conduct low-policing tasks. These findings point to the emergence of new forms of hybrid of policing.
PublisherOxford University Press
SeriesBritish Journal of Criminology;
JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
Copyright© The Author(s) 2021
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