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Current activities of the Working Group on Policing

The Working Group on Policing is already looking forward to the next annual meeting of the ESC in Prague in September 2014. As always, we would encourage members to proactively put together their own themed panel sessions for the conference (see below), and have updated the Members' Hub (containing information and contact details of working group members) to allow members to do so. We hope to work closely with local organisers to have policing-themed sessions timetabled throughout the conference.

Themed panel sessions

Members are encouraged to put together themed panel sessions for the conference. Putting together themed panel sessions helps to ensure that sessions are coherent and that they include papers that are relevant to one another. This can make for more meaningful discussion of papers in the session. Members can use the Members' Hub (see below) to identify policing scholars who share similar interests and who might be willing to contribute to a themed session. Members wishing to put together a themed panel session should consider the following points:

  • Themed sessions should ideally contain no more than 4 presentations and, in the spirit of the ESC, should involve scholars from more than one country.
  • If you wish your themed panel session to be identified as a 'Working Group on Policing' session then please make this clear to the conference organisers when you submit your session overview and individual abstracts (the processes vary from year to year, we will update this page again when the submission instructions for 2014 have been published). Please also notify the Steering Group of the working group by sending details of the proposed session (names and affiliations of contributors, titles of individual abstracts, title of the themed session, and name of chair) to Alistair Henry (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We put a list of all panel sessions together and submit them independently to the local organisers, asking them to timetable them across the conference so that members can see as many of them as they wish. This has worked very effectively in previous years.
  • Please remember that all contributors need to be fully registered for the conference if they are to be included in the final programme. Please ensure that you are registered in good time and contact the conference organisers if you are in any doubt.

Members' Hub

Since the 2010 conference in Liege we have been putting together some basic information about members (contact information, affiliations, and primary research interests). It is hoped that Members will be able to use this Hub as a means of contacting other policing scholars through the working group. If any members would like their details added to the Hub, please email them to Alistair Henry (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The Hub will be updated from time to time and the current version can be accessed here.

Some recent activities of the Working Group on Policing

The Working Group on Policing coordinates themed panels at the annual conference and has organised some larger pre-conference events. It provides a welcome forum within the ESC for scholars interested in policing (broadly defined) to meet, network and exchange ideas. Over the last few years members have been successful in publishing contributions to these sessions either as individual journal articles, special issues of journals, or as edited book collections. For example, colleagues from Ghent University, University College Ghent and the Free University of Brussels organised and hosted a pre-conference event for Working Group members prior to the 2010 ESC conference in Liege, Belgium. The theme of the conference was Police, Policing, Policy and the City in Europe and a book of this name was published by Eleven International Publishers from the contributions to it. At the Vilnius conference the following year, Jan Tersptra and Nick Fyfe organised a themed panel on police reform in Europe leading to the publication in 2013 of an edited collection Centralizing forces? Comparative perspectives on contemporary police reform in northern and western Europe. The establishment of the new European Journal of Policing Studies this year is another exciting development and the editors are actively interested in hearing from members of the ESC who might be interested in submitting work to it. Through publishing work that was developed through ESC activities we hope that the Working Group will make a valuable contribution not only to the life of the annual meetings, but also to the wider development of the field, particularly its comparative dimensions. We strongly encourage members to use themed panels pragmatically to develop their work with a view to publication.

Origins of the Working Group on Policing

This working group was established following the 8th annual meeting of the ESC in Edinburgh in September 2008. All members of the ESC are very welcome to contact the PWG chairs in order to sign up to the mailing list.

Aims and objectives of the Working Group on Policing

The proposed Working Group on Policing aims to realise the central aim of the ESC in relation to the field of policing and police research:

The Society wishes to foster criminological scholarship, research, education and training, and to encourage scholarly, scientific and practical exchange and cooperation among criminologists in Europe and elsewhere. Its objective is further to serve as a forum for the dissemination of criminological knowledge at the European level.

To this end there are three inter-related aims of the Working Group on Policing:

  • To facilitate the networking of scholars and practitioners interested in the study of police organisations and policing
  • To open up and develop lines of communication and cooperation between nationally-based research centres, institutes and academies with policing-related interests and activities
  • To act as a hub through which scholars, practitioners and the policy community can collaborate productively together (e.g. through the development of comparative research programmes, knowledge transfer events, visiting scholarships/fellowships, or joint teaching and continuing professional development ventures)

Steering Group of the Working Group on Policing

The following people have volunteered to act as a steering group for the PWG in its early stages. The steering group will take responsibility for coordinating the activities of the working group and will also act as points of contact for members or interested parties wishing to contact and/or contribute to the life and development of it. Steering Group members welcome emails from members of the ESC.

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