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Maurice Punch

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420558

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420558.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Zero tolerance policing

Maurice Punch

Policy Press

For the past two decades, police organization has been under constant pressure. In the UK, this has come in the form of successive governments determined to reform the police into an effective and efficient public service. The model to be followed in this reform campaign was that of management practice in business corporations. Spurred by political interest and media attention, the focal point was crime reduction. In effect, the policing landscape of the UK has been dominated by constant innovation, new policy initiatives, and concepts. One of these was ‘zero tolerance’. This book examines the notion of zero tolerance which promised a new style of policing and how it attracted a great deal of attention. Particularly, the book traces the New York model's crossing of the Atlantic and its ‘transfer’ to the UK and the Netherlands. In the following chapters of the book, the influence of New York and its model of ‘zero tolerance’ are examined along with the implications of this new style of policing in the UK and the Netherlands. Questions concerning the nature of zero tolerance, the transfer of this new policing style in the UK and the Netherlands, and the significance of the zero tolerance policy in defining the current state and shifting paradigms of policing are discussed as well.

Keywords:   police, UK, reform the police, crime reduction, zero tolerance, policing, style of policing, zero tolerance policy

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