Police Forces at Work: Going through Management?
So far not much is known about the consequences for the changes of the police profession and the new police identity within the police forces. Based on case studies including expert interviews and group discussions with Police officers in three Western European Police forces (France, Germany, Sweden), the paper will outline the peculiarities of what we call New Police Management. We focus on the changing police profession and investigate in how police staff reflects on their new role within the Police. We will argue that NPM can lead the police in extending towards delivering social services, or to restraint it task to law and order strategies. Whatever these changes, what is supposed to be ‘real police work’ seems to be at stake for the police officers. We will show that the Police resist the idea of managing the streets and show a strong alignment to traditional policing. They use their leeway and discretion to execute their tasks following their own professional understanding. Ironically, the new organizational requirements are both bypassed by making use of them and by ‘cooking the books’.
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