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The use of Predictive Policing in German law enforcement : A discourse analysis

Spell, Amelie (2023) The use of Predictive Policing in German law enforcement : A discourse analysis.

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Abstract:This paper examines the discussion of the Predictive Policing tool in the German police. Specifically, the research question In what ways is Predictive Policing discussed in German policing reports, statements, and policy documents? is examined. A discourse analysis is conducted to figure out the meaning that is assigned to Predictive Policing in official policing reports. For this, policing reports and press releases of the state offices of criminal investigation in the six German states that have implemented the tool are used as data. This data is freely available on the websites of the respective institution. The results of the analysis will bring clarity to the topic of how Predictive Policing is portrayed by the German police. Producing certain meanings with their presentation of Predictive Policing shapes the opinion of the public as well. Moreover, this topic has not been researched before in a scientific article yet to my knowledge. Therefore, this research is of social and scientific relevance. Results show that first and foremost definitions are the subjects to discussion and Predictive Policing is always connected to the terms crime prevention and risk assessment. Additionally, Predictive Policing and its underlying software are used to establish a structured data analysis within the police department that ideally results in a more strategic and efficient deployment of patrols.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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