What does it mean to talk of ‘local’ governance and accountability of the police in Europe? Police organisational structures themselves vary considerably. Some, particularly following reform over the last decade, give increasing emphasis to central organisation, coordination and governance, whereas others continue to be orientated around regional or more local geographies. Structures of government - central, local and municipal – and where policing functions are located within those structures, of course also vary. This introductory session set ups two panels exploring different ways in which ‘local’ voices are, or indeed are not, articulated within formal police governance arrangements and/or within other distinct systems, offices or functions of government and administration. The very value of ‘local’ governance, and the extent to which it matters when set against countervailing expectations of the police (e.g. equity and consistency of service), will also be explored as part of our introduction to the panels.
|Conference||17th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology|
|Period||13/09/17 → 16/09/17|