CEPOL Police Research and Science Conference 2013 - Policing civil societies in times of economic constraints

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24 September 2013

"Policing civil societies in times of economic constraints" was the subject of the CEPOL Police Research and Science Conference 2013, which was held in Münster, Germany on 11-13 September 2013. The general aim of the conference was to collect and present current results of police theory and research and to as-sess the impact on policing strategies.

130 participants from 28 Member States, Canada and Hong Kong took part in the conference and listened to different lectures of 33 speakers.

Keynote speakers, members of panels, and participants from the European and international police science and research community discussed the impact of the Euro crisis and austerity policies on societies, the rela-tionship between police and citizens and on policing. Massive increase of migration from poor and crisis or war stricken regions of the world but also an increase of protest demonstrations and riots caused by the financial and economic crisis in European member states, particularly in Europes’ South, have significant consequences for police tasks and policing strategies.

Apart from that police is systematically confronted with challenges that are inherent to its function and role in society and especially linked with its right to use force. So the conference programme also focused on questions of legality, legitimacy and accountability of the police and especially on policing ethnic minorities. In addition new challenges such as new digital /social media and their impact on police during routine oper-ations, on crime control activities and major events were topics of the conference.

The conference addressed a big variety of specific themes related to police and policing in a comparative international perspective, by this presenting an overview on newest results of police science, police re-search projects and innovative policing approaches.

The keynote speakers discussed issues regarding current developments in police science and checks and balances on policing:

  • The constabulary ethic and police science; some reflections on the ethical dimensions the ‘gold standard’ in police research (James Sheptycki)
  • Citizens‘ rights and policing: Evidence from FRA research (Joanna Goodey)

During the three days of presentations and discussion it became more and more evident that the underly-ing key question of the whole conference was: What makes a professional, what makes a good police in a democratic society and how can police research and science contribute to that objective? Following James Sheptycky “policing is the practical policy of social ordering”. Sophisticated strategies based on empirical evidence will help to implement good policing but as much can be achieved by police officers who just feel and behave as “citizens in uniform” whose first simple question is “how can I help?”

The conference was organised by Germany (German Police University) in cooperation with France and Slovenia. The course manager of the conference, Mr. Klaus Neidhardt, expressed his gratitude to all who organized, supported and gave input to the conference as speakers and participants thus creating such a high level forum between police theory and practice.



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