The Abstract Police: a conceptual exploration of unintended changes of police organizations

Jan Terpstra (Lead / Corresponding author), Nicholas R Fyfe, Renze Salet

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    Abstract

    As a consequence of the 2013 police reforms in the Netherlands and Scotland, the police in both countries have made a shift towards a fundamentally different kind of organisation: the Abstract Police. The increasing abstract character resulted in changes in the internal and external relations of the police. The police became more formalised and dependent on rigid systems and system information. Citizens and communities became more at a distance. Gradual and long-term processes may have similar consequences. For that reason it may be expected that the increasingly abstract character of the police may also be found elsewhere.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)339-359
    Number of pages21
    JournalPolice Journal
    Volume92
    Issue number4
    Early online date3 Feb 2019
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019

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