Policing and European studies: foreword

Maria O’Neill*

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The parameters of 'Policing' differ from one EU member state to another. In some, it encompasses leading criminal investigations, whereas in others it includes counter-terrorism protection. Taking a wide definition of ‘policing’, this special issue is a selection of papers from a conference held on the topic at the University of Abertay Dundee in 2010, which is part of the activities of a UACES-funded research network in this area. In addition, a couple of papers have been added, which originate from a conference on the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice held at the University of Salford, also in 2010. The UACES-funded research network focuses on the law enforcement aspects that arise under the EU Police and Judicial Co-operation in Criminal Matters (PJCCM) developments, an area long neglected in academic discourse. While European Studies normally encompasses, inter alia, the disciplines of International Relations, EU law, economics and politics, in order to develop a coherent understanding of PJCCM relevant issues, the disciplines of police studies and security studies have also been added to the mix for the purposes of this area of research. In addition, with the increasing focus on the impact of academic research on the wider world, the feedback from the practitioner community, to include law enforcement officers, is highly relevant to this work. To this end this research network and its output benefit from pre-existing networks with, in particular, the Scottish police forces, which has been developed through the Scottish Institute of Policing Research. Nevertheless all output from this research network is developed from an ‘outsider’ point of view, with academics not being a position to access the full range of data relevant to this area, as it is only available to the law enforcement community. This is due to data protection and data security laws and regulations, which are in force throughout the EU. It is acknowledged that these laws are in place in order to protect not only the integrity of police investigations, but also the individuals who may become, either correctly or erroneously, caught up in those investigations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-147
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Contemporary European Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010


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