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Big Data policing and its legitimacy

Leiendecker, Laura Josefa (2021) Big Data policing and its legitimacy.

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Abstract:Big Data policing is a quite new field within the police work and the legitimacy aspect of the use of Big Data technologies is not fully researched by now. Thus, the thesis established which and to what extent Big Data technologies are used within policing and evaluated if those technologies are legitimate. The focus has been on Enschede in the Netherlands and the Münsterland in Germany. Five officers from each area have been interviewed. Additionally, five citizens from both areas have been questioned so that it was possible to find out something about their knowledge of Big Data policing and their thoughts about its legitimacy. This is important as without the consent of citizens legitimacy cannot be reached and without legitimacy policing becomes much more difficult as citizens will not obey. To analyse the interviews a content analysis has been performed and to evaluate the legitimacy the Procedural Justice approach by Tyler has been used. The thesis provides new insights into Big Data policing and leads to a better comprehension of the topic. It was found out that the Dutch officers use much more Big Data technologies than the German ones and that citizens are more critical than the officers.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
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