Journal Article

Paradigms, Pathologies, and Practicalities– Policing Organized Crime in England and Wales

Clive Harfield

in Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice

Volume 2, issue 1, pages 63-73
Published in print January 2008 | ISSN: 1752-4512
Published online January 2008 | e-ISSN: 1752-4520 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/police/pan008
Paradigms, Pathologies, and Practicalities– Policing Organized Crime in England and Wales

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Policing organized crime remains problematic, notwithstanding the creation of the Serious Organised Crime Agency. Adopting Brodeur's construction of ‘high’ and ‘low’ policing, and following the government's reconfiguration of organized crime as a national/transnational security threat rather than a purely criminal threat, this paper summarises the practical and pathological challenges presented by organized crime to traditional policing paradigms. Thus presented as having outgrown local policing competence, and so justifying new investigative powers and agencies, organized crime is still manifested locally: ad hoc collaboration is filling part of the capacity and capability response void. The so-called level 2 gap is as much conceptual as structural.

Journal Article.  5672 words. 

Subjects: Policing

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