Little is known about those at the command end of policing in Europe. Over the last two years, Bryn Caless and Steve Tong have had unique access to those at the top of Europe's police forces, obtaining detailed comments from more than a hundred strategic police leaders in 22 countries and presenting, for the first time, information about how they are selected for high office, how they are held to account and what their views are on current and future challenges in policing. Building on research conducted in the UK, this is a timely and unparalleled insight into a little-known elite in the law-enforcement world.
Bryn Caless is Senior Lecturer, Law and Criminal Justice Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University. He specialises in elite studies of policing and police accountability and has written Policing at the Top (Policy Press, 2011) on chief police officers in England and Wales. He is currently researching Police & Crime Commissioners. Steve Tong is Director of Policing & Criminal Justice in the School of Law, Criminal Justice & Computing at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. He has published widely with research interests in police learning and development, professionalization, criminal investigation and police leadership.
Introduction; European policing in context; Getting to the top: the selection and appointment of strategic police leaders in Europe; Accountability; Relationships and influences; The preference for cooperative bilateralism among European strategic police leaders; The challenges facing European policing today; Conclusion.