Handbook on Policing in Central and Eastern Europe

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Gorazd Meško, Charles B. Fields, Branko Lobnikar, Andrej Sotlar
Springer Science & Business Media, Apr 16, 2013 - Social Science - 316 pages

Policing in Central and Eastern Europe has changed greatly since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Some Central and Eastern European countries are constituent members of the European Union, while others have been trying to harmonize with the EU and international requirements for a more democratic policing and developments in accordance with Western European and international policing standards, especially in regard to issues of legality and legitimacy.

Changes in the police training system (basic and advanced), internationalization of policing due to transnationalization of crime and deviance, new police organizational structures and agencies have impacted new cultures of policing (from exclusively state to plural policing). This timely volume examines developments in the last two decade to learn the nature of these changes within Central and Eastern Europe, and their impact on police culture, as well as on society as a whole.

The development of police research has varied widely throughout Central and Eastern Europe: in some countries, it has developed significantly, while in others it is still in its infancy. This work will allow for a transfer of ideas and models of police organization and policing is also need to be studies closely, with an aim to provide consistent and comparable data across all of the countries discussed. For the twenty countries covered, this systematic work provides: short country-based information on police organization and social control, crime and disorder trends in the last 20 years with an on policing, police training and police educational systems, changes in policing in the last 20 years, police and the media, present trends in policing (public and private, multilateral, plural policing), policing urban and rural communities, recent research trends in research on policing – specificities of research on police and policing (researchers and the police, inclusion of police researchers in policy making and police practice) and future developments in policing.


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Introduction to Handbook on Policing in Central and Eastern Europe
Policing in Central and Eastern Europe as an Epiphenomenon of Geopolitical Events
Development over the Past 20 YearsPresent State and Future Challenges
The Main Challenges on the Path to Democratic Policing
Evolution and Trends
From Police Force to Police Service
Developments in the Last 20 Years
Finding the Right Path of Policing in Hungary
Policing in the Republic of Macedonia
Current Profile and Future Trends
Policing in Russia
Troubled Transition from Police Force to Police Service
The Organization and Current Problems of Police Work
Recent Developments of Policing in Slovenia
A New Concept of the Police and Policing in Republika Srpska Bosnia and Herzegovina

Changes Along with Political and Social Developments

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Gorazd Meško, Ph.D., is Professor of Criminology and Dean in the Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security, University of Maribor, Slovenia. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge (1995, 2011-2013) and Oxford (1996, 1999), as well as a visiting professor at Grand Valley State University, Michigan, USA (2000). He conducted a post-doctoral research (OSI-HESP) on crime prevention at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, UK in 2001. In addition, Gorazd Meško is a member of the scientific board of the International PhD in Criminology at the Catholic University in Milan, Italy. He also serves as the editor in chief of the Journal of Criminal Investigation and Criminology (orig. Revija za kriminalistiko in kriminologijo) and a member of the editorial board of the Policing – An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management. His research fields are crime prevention and provision of safety/security, policing, comparative criminology, fear of crime, and crimes against the environment.

Charles B. Fields, Ph.D., is Professor of Criminal Justice and Police Studies in the College of Justice and Safety at Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky, USA. He has a B.A. (1980) and M.A. (1981) in Political Science from Appalachian State University, and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice Theory (1984) from Sam Houston State University, USA. He has taught for the past 28 years at several universities in the United States, and was Department Chair of Criminal Justice at the California State University, San Bernardino, and Corrections and Juvenile Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. He has been a visiting lecturer at several institutions in Finland. He is a member of numerous regional, national, and international professional associations and has published 11 edited books and Technical Reports, over 30 scholarly articles, chapters, encyclopaedia entries, and reviews, and presented at over 30 academic conferences. Current research interests include The “Terza Scuola” (Third School) of the Italian Criminologists: 1880–1910, Drugs and International Drug Policy, and Comparative Justice Systems.

Branko Lobnikar, PhD, is Associate Professor of Police Management and Police Administration and Head of the Security Studies Department at the Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security, University of Maribor, Slovenia. As former police officer and police supervisor he serves as OSCE international expert in Kyrgyz Republic on community policing , was a member of management board of European Diploma in Policing, an international project of senior police managers training, a short time expert of Council of Europe in Albania and Turkey in area of maintaining police corruption and short time expert of DCAF (Swiss) on motivation and maintaining discipline at the workplace for police managers of border police from area of West Balkans in Macedonia. His areas of expertise comprise policing, human resource management, and deviant behavior within organizations. He has authored several papers on community policing and police deviance management. Currently, he is involved in the study of police integrity.

Andrej Sotlar, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor and Vice dean in the Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security, University of Maribor, Slovenia. He has a B.A. (1993), M.A. (2000) and Ph.D. (2007) in Defence science from University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He serves as the co-editor in chief of the Journal of Criminal Justice and Security (orig. Varstvoslovje) and a member of the editorial boards of several other journals. His research interests include national security, security policy, plural policing and private security.

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