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Outlook: paradoxes, paradigms and pluralism; reflections on the future challenges for police science in Europe.

Fyfe, Nick

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Abstract

In this contribution the author explores two challenges for the future development of police science in Europe. The first challenge concerns the need to become ‘smarter’ in terms of making research evidence ‘part of the conversation’ about police policy and practice. This challenge emerges from the paradox that police science is viewed by some as a ‘successful failure’: ‘successful’ in the sense that the production of knowledge about policing in Europe and elsewhere has never been greater; but a ‘failure’ in the sense that many claim that the application of knowledge to improve police policy and practice remains limited. The second challenge to be explored in this chapter is around the importance of sustaining a degree of pluralism within police science. Rather than just thinking about police science in narrowly instrumental terms, in which research is expected to have a direct impact on the actions of front-line practitioners, the author concludes that there is the need to embrace the different uses of research (from instrumental to conceptual), the different types of interventions that researchers make into public discourse about policing, and the different institutions that exist within a European context to promote the development and use of police research.

Citation

FYFE, N.R. 2017. Outlook: paradoxes, paradigms and pluralism: reflections on the future challenges for police science in Europe. European police science and research bulletin: special conference edition [online], 2: selected contributions from 2006-2012 CEPOL (European Police College) European police research and science conferences, pages 309-316. Available from: https://bulletin.cepol.europa.eu/index.php/bulletin/article/view/234

Journal Article Type Article
Conference Name 2012 Annual CEPOL (European Police College) European police research and science conference: police science in Europe; projects, progress, projections
Conference Location Lyon, France
Acceptance Date Jul 27, 2012
Online Publication Date Jul 1, 2017
Publication Date Jul 1, 2017
Deposit Date Jan 27, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jan 27, 2022
Journal European law enforcement research bulletin: special confernce edition
Print ISSN 2599-5855
Publisher European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Pages 309-316
Keywords Police science; Policy policy; Challenges; Knowledge exchange; Strategies; Pluralism
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/1017368
Publisher URL https://bulletin.cepol.europa.eu/index.php/bulletin/article/view/234
Additional Information ISBN: 9789292110666
This output was originally presented as a conference paper:
FYFE, N.E. 2012. Outlook: paradoxes, paradigms and pluralism: reflections on the future challenges for police science in Europe. Presented at 2012 Annual CEPOL (European Police College) European police research and science conference: police science in Europe; projects, progress, projections, 25-27 September 2012, Lyon, France.

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