This book compares the changes that have taken place in the police systems in Belgium, Denmark, England & Wales, Germany, in particular the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, and the Netherlands. All five countries have been wrestling and are still doing so with finding the proper arrangements for the organization as well as with steering and controlling their police in ways that fit both national, or federal, and local demands, in an effort to improve police performance. The central research question is: What changes have occurred in the organization and the governance structure of police systems of Belgium, Denmark, England & Wales, Germany and the Netherlands in recent decades and why have these changes occurred?
Arie van Sluis is Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Lex Cachet retired in 2011 as an Associate Professor from the Department of Public Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. At present, he is still working in that department, within the School of Social Science at Erasmus University and as an independent consultant and researcher. Theo Jochoms is Strategic Advisor in the National Police Force of the Netherland. Arthur Ringeling is Professor-emeritus of Public Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Anne Sey is Senior Advisor in the National Police Force of the Netherlands.
Preface; 1. Why study Changes in Police Systems? The focus of this study; 2. Comparing and Analysing Changes in Police Systems: Towards a Framework; 3. The Police System in Belgium: Unified through Crisis; 4. The Police System in Denmark: Towards a Completion of the National Police; 5. The Police System in England & Wales: A New Era in Policing; 6. The Police System in Germany: Police Organisation, Management and Reform in North Rhine-Westphalia; The Police System in the Netherlands: Towards a National Police Force; 7. Explaining Changes in Police Systems; 8. Changing Police Systems