Police, policing and organised crime: lessons from organised crime research
This contribution explores the concept of organised crime, pointing out that the understanding of ‘organised crime’ has moved from the ‘Sicilian style’ towards meaning a network of structures. It is diverse, complex, less organised and less hierarchical. Most of the research is initiated by the police and driven by topics around the organised crime phenomena. Little research interest can be identified in the field of policing organised crime. Regarding the whole area the author highlights the ‘lack of empirical research on organised crime’. The use of intelligence and cross-border police cooperation are strategic answers to modern organised crime. With regard to EU resolutions, highlighting that monitoring telecommunications may help in investigating organised crime cases, the paper describes how the political dimension appears quite clearly as a growing tension between freedom and security. There is need for information on police cooperation, practices and legal as well as practical problems arising from cooperation.
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