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Leading Policing in EuropeAn empirical study of strategic police leadership$
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Bryn Caless and Steve Tong

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447315728

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447315728.001.0001

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Relationships and Influences

Relationships and Influences

(p.117) Four Relationships and Influences
Leading Policing in Europe

Bryn Caless

Steve Tong

Policy Press

Elites build networks of influence and support which are often hidden from outside observation but which enable members of that elite to negotiate or broker power and connections to their advantage. Police elites appear to conform to this pattern. There is evidence that the police find politicians lacking in strategic vision or longer-term ambitions; there is tangible lack of trust on both sides. By contrast, strategic police leaders seek and achieve steady, prolonged relationships with prosecutors and the judiciary in which the police accept a subordinate role. The closed world of ‘clubbability’ and hidden influence is probably where the true power of elites lie and the police seem willing and able to exercise such power unattributably.

Keywords:   elites, networking, influence, politicians, judiciary

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