This book presents rich and illustrative empirical material on the use of liaison offices in police cooperation. The authors, both eminent academics and seasoned practitioners (and in some cases from a dual academic-practitioner background), present their findings from a wide range of geographical and functional viewpoints. Students and law enforcement professionals are made familiar with the blue web of policing across the world. This book offers them a considerable variety of perspectives, ranging from academic to professional, from institutional to informal, and from sociological to psychological. Together the detailed accounts form an inspiring collection on contemporary practices of liaison officers that not only includes original empirical research, but forms a work of reference as well as a unique textbook for students of international security and policing.
Ludo Block is a director at Grant Thornton Forensic & Investigation Services in the Netherlands Monica den Boer holds a position at the Police Academy of The Netherlands and is a Member of the Committee on European Integration of the Advisory Council on International Affairs
1. Introduction; 2. Seamless Law Enforcement Cooperation: The Nordic Police Liaison Officers; 3. National Policies on Liaison Officers: The Belgian Perspective with a Special Focus on Western Africa; 4. Australian Liaison Officers - Connecting the World Down Under; 5. Strategic Analysis of Police Liaison Officers Deployed in Washington D.C.; 6. How Can Police Liaison Officers be Effective? A Psychological Case-Study of Dutch Expatriates; 7. EU Policy-making on Liaison Officers; 8. Making International Law Enforcement Networks More Efficient: Time to Reposition the Liaison Officer; 9. 9 The Europol Liaison Officer: A Breed Apart; 10. Carefully Managing Expectations: The role of the 'Force International Liaison Officer' within British policing; 11. Counter-Terrorism Liaison Officers: a Trusted Anachronism?; 12. Epilogue.