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The effects of the reorganization of the police force on Dutch community policing at a decentral level : the cases of Rotterdam and Twente.

Harks, L.C.G. (2021) The effects of the reorganization of the police force on Dutch community policing at a decentral level : the cases of Rotterdam and Twente.

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Abstract:This research investigates the extent to which the reorganization of the Dutch police, resulting from Police Act 2012, affected the functioning of Dutch community policing at the decentral level. Through an examination of the extent of implementation of the Dutch community policing strategy after the implementation of Police Act 2012, the effects which the reorganization of the Dutch police had is illustrated. Dutch community policing is measured in three dimensions: decentralization, community involvement, and problem-solving. The reorganization resulting from Police Act 2012 is measured through three aspects of this reorganization: centralization, local decisiveness, and standardization. The research is executed through interviews with actors with different roles in the police order in Twente and Rotterdam. The setting of both a rural as well as an urban context is opted for in order to broadcast different perspectives about the effects of the reorganization. The relevance of this thesis is found in the research gap in connecting community policing research with the reorganization of the Dutch police following Police Act 2012. This gap is relevant because the centralization of the Dutch police through the reorganization is seemingly contradictory to the decentral notion which is key in the Dutch community policing strategy. Results show that implementation of the decentralization dimension of Dutch community policing is thwarted by the centralization and standardization; that implementation of the community involvement dimension has not increased as a result of local decisiveness, but that centralization did not thwart community involvement; that regarding implementation of the problemsolving dimension centralization decreased that, but local decisiveness and standardization increased Dutch community policing. In general, it is concluded that a decrease in the implementation of Dutch community policing since the reorganization resulting from Police Act 2012, in general can be accounted to the centralization aspect of the reorganization.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/87598
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