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Strategies and Responses to Crime

Thinking Locally, Acting Globally, 1st Edition

Edited by Melchor de Guzman, Aiedeo Mintie Das, Dilip K. Das


365 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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Every year, esteemed scholars and practitioners meet at the International Police Executive Symposium to discuss contemporary issues in policing and share ideas about effective strategies in their jurisdictions. Drawn from the proceedings at the Thirteenth Annual Meeting held in Turkey and updated with new developments since the conference, Strategic Responses to Crime: Thinking Locally, Acting Globally describes how local police agencies are addressing issues of crime that have global implications.

With contributions from a diverse panel of experts, the book combines scholarly perspectives with those of practitioners and explores issues in various cultural settings worldwide. Topics discussed include:

  • Community policing and police innovations such as safety and security councils
  • Performance management systems in police organizations
  • Efforts to combat drug cultivation and trafficking
  • International terrorism and individuals’ motivations for joining terrorist organizations
  • Approaches for handling and policing the mentally ill in accordance with human rights concerns
  • Cybercrime and child sexual abuse
  • Crime scene assessment, information gathering, and case development and management
  • Jurisprudence, law, and empirical research related to racial profiling in the United States
  • Computer technology and crime analysis tools and models
  • Emerging police administration strategies

Combining empirical evidence from scholarly studies with in-the-trenches experience from practitioners, this volume assembles critical insight into a range of issues relevant to policing in the 21st century.


Strategic Responses to Crime: Thinking Locally, Acting Globally edited by Melchor de Guzman is a wide-ranging volume that combines the perspectives of both scholars and police executives from around the globe, including chapters focused on both emerging and established democratic societies. The volume covers important global innovations in community policing, emerging transnational issues, such as drug trafficking and terrorism, and the use of information in police agencies, among other issues of importance to anyone interested in a global perspective on policing. This volume would make an excellent supplement to any course on policing, providing students with a broader perspective than is typically presented in most textbooks.

—Brad Smith, Department of Criminal Justice, Wayne State University

Table of Contents

Global Innovations in Policing

Analyzing the Implementation and Evolution of Community Policing in the United States and Scandinavia;James F. Albrecht

Think Globally, Solve Locally: Security Threats—From Public Opinion to a Proper Response;Gorazd Meško and Dr. Darko Maver

2010! But Is Anyone Counting?Terry G. Coleman

Responding to Transnational Cries and Emerging Law Enforcement Issues

The War on Drugs in Chicago: Thinking Locally, Acting Globally; Gad J. Bensinger, Thomas J. Lemmer and Arthur J. Lurigio

Recruitment Activities of Terrorist Groups: An Analysis of PKK/KONGRA-GEL Terrorist Organization; Mutlu Koseli

Policing and the Mentally Ill: Local Policing and International Standards;Duncan Chappell

Policing Mental Illness: The Need for Specialized Police Training Program in Dealing With Mentally Ill Persons; Avdi S. Avdija

Protecting Vulnerable Young People in Cyberspace From Sexual Abuse: Raising Awareness and Responding Globally; Julia C. Davidson and Elena Martellozzo

Knowledge Management: Capturing, Sharing, and Sustaining

Patrol Police Officers’ Professional Knowledge: An Empirical Study of Knowledge Types in Law Enforcement; Stefan Holgersson and Petter Gottschalk

Relevant Laws and Empirical Research on Profiling in Law Enforcement in the United States; Katrina W. Berger and Dee Wood Harper, Jr.

Municipal Police Departments’ Attention to Crime Analysis: Essential or Impractical? Brion Sever, Venessa Garcia, and Antonia Tsiandi

Challenges in Contemporary Police Leadership; John Middleton-Hope

International Police Practices and Cultures

Unit Organizational Culture in the Norwegian Counter Terrorist; Rune Glomseth and Petter Gottschalk

Structural Influences on Police Officer Attitudes Toward Community Policing: A Case Study of the Racine Wisconsin Police Department; Helen Rosenberg, Robert T. Sigler and Scott Lewis

A Law Unto Themselves: An Insight Into the Human Rights Watch Report on the Indian Police; K. S. Subramanian

Appendix: Chapter Abstracts

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