1st Edition

Policing Major Events Perspectives from Around the World

    320 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    318 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Whenever a major event requires police intervention, questions are raised about the nature of the police response. Could the police have prevented the conflict, been better prepared, reacted more quickly? Could they have acted more forcefully or brought the altercation under control more effectively? Based upon real case studies of events from all over the world, this volume explores the complex set of factors comprising the policing of major events.

    Topics covered include:

    • Police procedures in Serbia in response to sporting events and violence
    • The 2010 World Cup in South Africa as a model of best practice in governance structures, along with the region’s struggles in routine policing initiatives
    • Security operations at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Canada and the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in London in 2012
    • Community involvement to curb terrorist insurgency in North Eastern Nigeria
    • Governmental response to Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Texas
    • Revisions made to NYPD protocols following the September 11 attacks
    • Policing strategies for major events on Aboriginal and tribal lands across Canada

    Other topics include the police/protestor relationship and low-profile versus high-profile policing strategies in crowd control, the growing strategy of private security in working with public police forces, and enhancing public safety in post-conflict regions. The concepts presented in Policing Major Events: Perspectives from Around the World will enable police departments to improve their readiness for policing major events across a diverse set of events and socio-political contexts.

    This book is a co-publication with the International Police Executive Symposium.

    Violence at Sporting Events: The European Standards of Police Procedures and Practice in Serbia; Branislav Simonović, Zoran Đurđević, and Božidar Otašević

    Policing Political Protests in the United Kingdom; Craig Paterson

    Policing International Football Tournaments and the Cross-Cultural Relevance of the Social Identity Approach to Crowd Behavior; Martina Schreiber and Clifford Stott

    Innovations in the Governance of Security: Lessons from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa; Sophie Nakueira and Julie Berg

    Sports Fan Violence in Serbia: Shadow of Turbulent Sociopolitical Circumstances; Kesetović Želimir, Sladjana Djurić, and Vladimir Cvetković

    The Planning and Execution of Security for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Canada; Darryl Plecas, Martha C. Dow, and Jordan Diplock

    Policing Major Events in Australia: A Private Security Model of Police Cooperation; Rick Sarre

    Police Planning to Curb Insurgency in Nigeria: The Need for a Strong and Effective Police–Public Partnership; A. Oyesoji Aremu

    Law Enforcement Response to Hurricane Katrina: A Multisystem Examination of Response Impact in Louisiana and Texas; Robert D. Hanser, Nathan Moran, and Anissa Horne

    Coordinating Police Responses to Critical Events in United Nations Mission Areas; Michael R. Sanchez

    Effective Planning for Major Events and Incidents: Examining the New York City Police Department Protocols and Guidelines; James F. Albrecht

    Intriguing Paradox: The Inability to Keep South Africa Safe and the Successful Hosting of Mega Global Sporting Events; Christiaan Bezuidenhout

    Police Leadership and the Strategic Management of Mega Events: Policing the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games; Perry Stanislas

    Planning for Major Events on Aboriginal Lands in Canada; Rick Parent

    Conclusion, Discussion, and Policy Implications



    James "Jimmy" F. Albrecht is a professor of criminal justice and homeland security at Pace University in New York City. Professor Albrecht has 25 years of front-line law enforcement experience, and had previously held a number of executive positions including police chief of criminal investigations in the joint European Union/U.S. (EULEX) Police in Kosovo (former Yugoslavia). He retired as NYPD captain and regional commander after serving 22 years, which included direct response to the tragic September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. He is completing his Ph.D. in criminal justice at the University of New Haven (Connecticut).

    Martha C. Dow, Ph.D., is an associate professor in sociology at the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Dow has extensive experience working with policing, correctional, and fire service agencies exploring issues related to organizational change and leadership models, recruitment, retention and succession of officers, diversity, and community relations. Many of her research projects explore how public safety agencies, community organizations, schools, and universities might support more progressive professional practices. In addition, Dr. Dow has presented at numerous international conferences and has served on a variety of governmental and community-based committees.

    Darryl Plecas, Ed.D., is an elected member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in Canada and is serving the Abbotsford South community. He was appointed parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General for Crime Reduction shortly after his election to the Legislative Assembly in May 2013. He is professor emeritus at the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia, Canada. Most recently, he served as the RCMP University Research Chair and director of the Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research in the university’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

    Dilip K. Das, Ph.D., has extensive experience in police practice, research, writing, and education. A professor of criminal justice, former police chief, founding editor-in-chief of Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, Dr. Das is a human rights consultant to the United Nations. Founding president of the International Police Executive Symposium, Dr. Das has authored, edited, and coedited 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, and for organizing annual conferences of the IPES. Dr. Das has received several faculty excellence awards and has been recognized as a Distinguished Faculty Lecturer.