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International Police Cooperation: Emerging Issues, Theory and Practice

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Frederic Lemieux
Date Published
384 pages
The 16 chapters of this book constitute a compilation of original research conducted by established academics and rising researchers who have studied the most recent trends in police cooperation regionally, nationally, and internationally.
The chapters examine cooperation opportunities and initiatives undertaken by various law enforcement agencies themselves and those originating from external changes (legal, political, and economic realities). Based on empirical data, contributors examine emerging initiatives and new challenges in both national and international contexts. Forms of police cooperation and trends in transnational crime control are explored in relation to concepts drawn from criminology, ethics, organizational science, political science, and sociology. The book is intended to help policymakers, law enforcement leaders, and students in understanding current changes and issues in police cooperation and resulting outcomes. An introductory chapter reviews the nature and structure of international police cooperation. The three chapters of Part I address current conceptual issues in police cooperation. The chapters compare bilateral and multilateral cooperation in police and judicial matters, consider a governance model of police cooperation in Europe, and propose a market-oriented explanation of the expansion of the rule of Europol. The four chapters of Part II address some recent initiatives and limitations related to specific and applied forms of police cooperation. The case studies include a Swiss regional police intelligence analysis center, police and judicial cooperation in the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion, convergent models of police cooperation in Canada in countering organized crime and terrorism, and variations in France's cooperative behavior within Europol. The four chapters of Part III focus on special cooperation issues that have occurred in various regions of the world and identify current and future challenges related to international police cooperation. The four chapters of Part IV pertain to several concerns related to accountability and effectiveness in the context of police regimes of cooperation. 7 tables, 2 figures, approximately 640 references, a subject index, and chapter notes