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The patchwork shape of reassurance policing in England and Wales: Integrated local security quilts or frayed, fragmented and fragile tangled webs?

Adam Crawford (Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK)
Stuart Lister (Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK)

Policing: An International Journal

ISSN: 1363-951X

Article publication date: 1 September 2004

Abstract

This article presents an overview and assessment of recent reforms that have contributed to a pluralisation and fragmentation of policing in England and Wales. It considers the emergence of new forms of visible policing both within and beyond the public police. These include the growth of private security guards and patrols, local auxiliaries such as neighbourhood wardens and the introduction of second tier police personnel in the shape of the new police community support officers. To varying degrees plural forms of policing seek to offer public reassurance through visible patrols. The article goes on to explore the complex nature of relations between the “extended police family” and the different modes of governance they suggest. It concludes with a consideration of the future shape of reassurance policing.

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Crawford, A. and Lister, S. (2004), "The patchwork shape of reassurance policing in England and Wales: Integrated local security quilts or frayed, fragmented and fragile tangled webs?", Policing: An International Journal, Vol. 27 No. 3, pp. 413-430. https://doi.org/10.1108/13639510410553149

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