The Policing Web by Jean-paul Brodeur

The Policing Web

byJean-paul Brodeur

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In this comprehensive study, Jean-Paul Brodeur examines the diversity of the policing web. Policing agencies such as criminal investigation units, intelligence services, private security companies, and military policing organizations, are examined in addition to public uniformed police, toshow the extent to which policing extends far beyond the confines of public police working in uniform and visible to all. The study also includes a consideration of military policing both when compatible with the values of democracy and when in opposition. It also examines criminal organizationsenforcing their own rules in urban zones deserted by the police and criminal individuals acting as police informants since they too are part of the policing web, even though they do not qualify as legitimate policing agents or agencies. The underlying argument of The Policing Web is that the diverse strands of the policing web are united by a common definition that emphasizes the licence granted to policing agencies to use, either legally or with complete impunity, means that are otherwise prohibited as crimes to the rest of thepopulation. This claim is argued for throughout the book and its paradoxical consequences investigated. Although much effort is devoted to presenting a comprehensive model linking all the components of policing, it is acknowledged that the 'policing web' is by no means a neat and well-integratedstructure. Even the belief that it will develop into a tightly coordinated system is in itself questionable. Indeed, the study shows that there is not just one policing web, but several, depending on the country, police history and culture, and the images of policing which shape the mind of thecommunity. These often overlooked factors are nonetheless essential components of the context of policing and are discussed within an international framework.

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Jean-Paul Brodeur is Professor of Criminology and Director of the Iternational Centre for Comparative Criminology at the University of Montreal.
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Title:The Policing WebFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:September 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199740593

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Table of Contents

List of TablesList of FiguresAcknowledgementsIntroduction1. The Police Assemblage2. History3. Police Images4. Elements of a Theory of Policing5. Police in Uniform6. Police Investigation7. High and Low Policing8. Private Security9. Edges of PolicingConclusionAppendixBibliography