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NCJ Number: 150197 Find in a Library
Title: View From Below Grounds: Daily Life of Police Officers in the Metro
Author(s): P Paperman
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 78
Sponsoring Agency: Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Secutite Interieure
Paris 75015, France
Sale Source: Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Secutite Interieure
19, rue Peclet
Paris 75015,
Type: Survey
Language: French
Country: France
Annotation: This field study observes the routine of police officers in the Paris subway and their concepts of order and security.
Abstract: The first section describes the organization of the Metro Protection and Security Police: their shifts, the composition of their teams, their distribution, and their interaction with crime specialists. The following section describes police interaction with the public--what obvious or latent cues prompt police to halt suspicious characters, drug traffickers, unlicensed vendors, or vagrants; how those detained react; and how bystanders respond to police intervention. Two sections are devoted to the activities of plain-clothed police officers as opposed to those in uniform. Plain-clothed officers specialize in detecting drug operations and thefts while uniformed officers cause small offenders to betray themselves by running away. The article concludes that the officers in the metro, like other specialized forces, have their own concept of order and security, which is linked to both the specific criminality of the subway and the high visibility of police intervention.
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): Patrol; Plain clothes operations; Police responsibilities; Special purpose public police; Subway crime prevention
Note: Etudes et Recherches (Studies and Research)
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