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What Matters In Policing?Change, values and leadership in turbulent times$
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Auke van Dijk, Frank Hoogewoning, and Maurice Punch

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447326915

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447326915.001.0001

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Police systems, perspectives and contested paradigms

Police systems, perspectives and contested paradigms

(p.29) Two Police systems, perspectives and contested paradigms
What Matters In Policing?

Auke van Dijk

Frank Hoogewoning

Maurice Punch

Policy Press

A historical, comparative perspective can shed light on a number of questions: How have modern police systems, especially in the UK and Netherlands, developed? What types of police systems can be distinguished? How valid are Brodeur’s concepts of ‘high’ and ‘low’ policing, and ‘militarized policing’ and could there be more categories? What determines the paradigms of policing and what leads to changing paradigms? How can society discern the ‘paradigm in use’ as opposed to the ‘espoused’ paradigm? What are the consequences of the blurring of boundaries in policing, criminal justice and intelligence agencies and is there a danger of slipping into a security state? And, more specifically, how does ‘paradigm shift’ in the UK compare to ‘paradigm lost’ in the Netherlands?

Keywords:   police systems, perspectives, high policing, low policing, militarized policing, paradigm shift, paradigm lost

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