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NCJ Number: 157904 Find in a Library
Title: Culture's Consequences and the Police: Cross-Border Cooperation Between Police Forces in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands
Journal: Policing and Society  Volume:5  Issue:1  Dated:(1995)  Pages:1-14
Author(s): J Soeters; G Hofstede; M Van Twuyver
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 14
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This paper deals with cultural and organizational differences between police forces in Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands; it emphasizes the significance of these differences for cross-border cooperation.
Abstract: To understand the significance of cross-border collaboration, interviews were conducted with police force officials and employees and questionnaires were administered to police officers and students. Data were collected in 1992 by a team of German, Belgian, and Dutch social scientsts and criminologists. The research focused on cultural and organizational features of police forces in the three countries. It was determined that crime-related border traffic necessitates cross-border collaboration on a more structural basis. The authors recommend several measures to improve such collaboration: intercultural training, job rotation, joint tasks, appointment of liaison officers, and establishment of liaison institutions. Theoretical and practical implications of the research findings are discussed. 31 references and 3 figures
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): Belgium; Border control; Crime in foreign countries; Cultural influences; Germany; International Law Enforcement Cooperation; International police activities; Netherlands; Police organizational structure; Police research
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