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Effective Crime Reduction Strategies

International Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by James F. Albrecht, Dilip K. Das

CRC Press

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The International Police Executive Symposium (IPES, www.ipes.info) coordinates annual international conferences to evaluate critical issues in policing and recommend practical solutions to law enforcement executives deployed across the globe. Drawn from the 2005 proceedings hosted by the Czech Republic in Prague, Effective Crime Reduction Strategies: International Perspectives contains contributions from the renowned criminal justice and law enforcement professionals who gathered at this elite annual meeting. Dedicated to continued reduction in crime through local and global response, these international experts share effective crime-fighting principles and tried and proven best practices.

Thoroughly revised and updated since the initial proceedings, the reports in this volume are divided into six sections which explore a host of essential topics:

  • Critical Issues in European Law Enforcement: Highlights efforts in Hungary, Austria, and Norway to revise policies and organizational structures to meet the demands of developing events and political pressures
  • Contemporary Concerns: Policing in the United States and Canada: Analyzes the impact of international terrorism and transnational crime on police work
  • Paradigm Shifts: Policing as Democracy Evolves: Evaluates the success of democratic reforms in South Africa, Brazil, Argentina, Nigeria, and Cameroon
  • Revising Traditional Law Enforcement in Asia to Meet Contemporary Demands: Describes how counterterrorism, cultural ideology, and transnational criminal influence affects the traditional nature of policing in New Zealand, Turkey, Indonesia, and Thailand
  • The Positive Influence of Unionization on Police Professionalism: Addresses the impact of police associations on management decision-making and policy development in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa
  • Significant Issues Facing Twenty-First Century Law Enforcement: Focuses on counterterrorism, border and transnational criminality, the measurement of police effectiveness, and the investigation of juvenile crime

Supplemented with select papers considered for the official journal of the IPES, this volume represents a thoroughly comparative approach to the challenges police executives face in the 21st century. Exploring a wide range of issues impacting how law enforcement professionals fight crime, experts from virtually all regions of the globe engage in discourse that is destined to shape future policing worldwide.

Table of Contents

Part I: Critical Issues in European Law Enforcement

Global Law Enforcement and the Cosmopolitan Police Response: The Role of Situational Policing in Transnational Crime Prevention—An Example from Hungary; N. Conti, J. J. Nolan III, and Z. Molnar

The Impact of Information Systems and Technology on Police Investigative Effectiveness in Norway; P. Gottschalk and R. Glomseth

Challenges of Policing in the New Millennium: Reform of the Austrian Police Structure; M. Edelbacher

Part II: Contemporary Concerns: Policing in the United States and Canada

Legislation and Guidelines Addressing the Trafficking of Human Beings in the United States of America; L. K. Wight

Three Decades of Policing Reform in the New York City Police Department; J. F. Albrecht

Examining Community Policing Implementation in the United States; K. C. Wong

The Recruitment and Retention of Law Enforcement Personnel in the United States; D. W. Harper, Jr.

Building Bridges to Reduce Adolescent Crime and Disorder in American Schools: Integrating Restorative Justice with the School Resource Officer Model; C. Swanson and M. Owen

Suicide-by-Cop: Adding Stress to an Already Stressed Profession; Rick Parent

Part III: Paradigm Shifts: Policing as Democracy Evolves

Changes in the Police of Argentina as Democracy Progresses; S. Sal

Severe Challenges Continue in Policing Brazil during the Twenty-First Century; S. Husain and J. F. Albrecht

HIV and AIDS: Implications for Law Enforcement and Public Safety in South Africa; B. Meini

Improving Commitment and Productivity within the Nigerian Police; A. O. Aremu and A. A. Jones

Examining the Implications of Intelligence-Led Policing on Human Rights in South Africa: C. Bezuidenhout

Developing Democracy and the Rule of Law in the Republic of Cameroon; J. L. Messing

Traditional Ideologies Deter Progress in the Contemporary Justice Practices in Nigeria; R. D. Hanser and S. Mire

Part IV: Revising Traditional Law Enforcement in Asia to Meet Contemporary Demands

An Econometric Method of Allocating Police Resources in New Zealand; G. den Heyer, M. Mitchell, S. Ganesh, and C. Devery

The Public Perception on the Quality of Policing in Indonesia; A. Meliala

Policing Challenges in Turkey: Dealing with Honor Killings as Crime or as Culturally Accepted Norm; T. Icli

Law Enforcement in the Kingdom of Thailand: Addressing Ethical Dilemmas, Extremist Terrorism, and the Government Coup; A. Kuanliang and R. D. Hanser

Part V: The Positive Influence of Unionization on Police Professionalism

American Policing at a Crossroads: Are Police Unions Taking on the Challenge or Impeding Change? R. G. DeLord

The Canadian Professional Police Association: Promoting Accountability, Democracy, Justice, and Equality in Twenty-First Century Policing; D. Griffin

Developing Internal Democracy and Civil Rights within the South African Police Service: Police Labor Association Implementation; A. Witbooi

The Influence of the New Zealand Police Association on the Evolution of the Police, Policing, and the Law and Order Paradigm; G. O’Connor

Part VI: Significant Issues Facing Twenty-First Century Law Enforcement

From Border Control to Transnational Responsibility: An Example of Management Decision-Making in Explaining Police Practices; L. Karson

Child Abuse and Sex Crimes: Examining Police Officer Interview Techniques Involving Juvenile Victims; B. L. Guadagno and M. B. Powell

Public Perception of Police Effectiveness and Its Relationship with Crime and Fear of Crime: An International Study; S. M. Park and W. M. Oliver

Organizational Culture within the Norwegian Counterterrorism Unit: Heightened Responsibility and Stress Following Recent International Terrorist Attacks; R. Glomseth and P. Gottshalk



About the Editors

James F. Albrecht is presently serving in the joint United States and European Union Rule of Law Mission (EULEX) in Kosovo as the police chief in charge of all critical criminal investigations. Chief Albrecht had previously been assigned to the United Nations Police in Kosovo (former Yugoslavia) as an intelligence analyst and United States liaison to the European Union Police. Albrecht is also a 20 year veteran of the New York Police Department (NYPD).

Founding president of the International Police Executive Symposium (IPES) and founding editor of Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, Dilip K. Das has authored, edited, and co-edited more than 30 books and numerous articles. He has traveled extensively throughout the world in comparative police research, as a visiting professor in various universities, for organizing annual conferences of the IPES, and as a humanrights consultant to the United Nations. Dr. Das has received several faculty excellence awards and was a distinguished faculty lecturer.

About the Series

International Police Executive Symposium Co-Publications

The International Police Executive Symposium (IPES) was founded in 1994 to address one major challenge, i.e., the two worlds of research and practice remain disconnected even though cooperation between the two is growing. Research is often published in hard-to-access journals and presented in a manner that is difficult for some to comprehend. On the other hand, police practitioners tend not to mix with researchers and remain secretive about their work. Consequently there is little dialogue between the two, and almost no attempt to learn from one another.

The aims and objectives of the IPES are to provide a forum to foster closer relationships among police researchers and practitioners on a global scale, to facilitate cross-cultural international and interdisciplinary exchanges for the enrichment of this law enforcement, to encourage discussion, and to publish research on challenging and contemporary problems facing the policing profession. The IPES facilitates interaction and the exchange of ideas and opinions on all aspects of policing, and is structured to encourage dialogue in both formal and informal settings.

The International Police Executive Symposium (IPES) holds annual meetings of policing scholars and practitioners who represent many countries. The best papers are selected, thoroughly revised, fully updated, meticulously edited, and published as books based upon the theme of each meeting. This repository of knowledge from renowned criminal justice scholars and police professionals under the co-publication imprint of IPES and Routledge (formerly CRC Press) chronicles the important contributions of the International Police Executive Symposium over the last two decades.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Security / General
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Forensic Science
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology