Doing European police research - an exciting expedition called COMPOSITE

  • Gabriele Jacobs
  • Saskia P. Bayerl
  • Kate Horton


This paper presents the central ideas, the methods used, the project structure and the outcomes of a long-term and complex comparative research project. COMPOSITE (Comparative Police Studies in the EU) had connected researchers and practitioners from 10 European countries and 15 institutions to research complex issues regarding organisational changes in police. The research was carried out by a team of researchers belonging to different cultural areas and different disciplines operating as an international network. The added value of this network-method for police science is an achievement of a better understanding of cross-national phenomena in the field of police and policing. It can help to learn from each other with a view to convergence, common concepts and harmonisation (e.g. of training, police strategies methods, communication, equipment).

How to Cite
Jacobs, G., Bayerl, S., & Horton, K. (2017). Doing European police research - an exciting expedition called COMPOSITE. European Law Enforcement Research Bulletin, (2), 85-93. Retrieved from