Crime, Police, and the Waterfront

Russell Brewer

in Policing the Waterfront

Published in print April 2014 | ISBN: 9780199687367
Published online June 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191783012 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology

Crime, Police, and the Waterfront

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Chapter 1 sets the scene by laying bare the nature of crime and its control on the waterfront. It begins by outlining the extent of the crime problem, and then explores the threats and vulnerabilities that afflict the contemporary waterfront environment. The formidable task of policing this environment is introduced next, revealing an assemblage of complex partnership arrangements involving a diverse range of public and private actors, coming together through various collaborative approaches to crime control. This chapter then traces the increasing importance of security partnerships to policing in recent years, noting that few researchers have been able to explain the relational dynamics that allow such partnerships to function. It is in this context that the central thesis of this book is introduced: that by having highly active network connections and trusting relational ties, an abundance of social capital evolves that in turn facilitates and promotes successful collaborative crime control initiatives.

Keywords: crime; threats; vulnerabilities; policing; partnerships; networks; trust; social capital

Chapter.  10481 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law ; Public International Law

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