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Comparing the Democratic Governance of Police Intelligence

Comparing the Democratic Governance of Police Intelligence

New Models of Participation and Expertise in the United States and Europe

Edited by Thierry Delpeuch and Jacqueline E. Ross

"Intelligence-led policing" is an emerging movement of efforts to develop a more democratic approach to the governance of intelligence by expanding the types of expertise and the range of participants who collaborate in the networked governance of intelligence. This book examines how the partnership paradigm has transformed the ways in which participants gather, analyze, and use intelligence about security problems ranging from petty nuisances and violent crime to urban riots, organized crime, and terrorism. It explores changes in the way police and other security professionals define and prioritize these concerns and how the expanding range of stakeholders and the growing repertoire of solutions has transformed both the expertise and the deliberative processes involved.

Chapter 10: Cultural profiling? Police prevention and minorities in Berlin

Jérémie Gauthier

Subjects: law - academic, comparative law, criminal law and justice, law and society, terrorism and security law, politics and public policy, terrorism and security


In society today we should learn to deal with heterogeneity, with cultures and religions that are different. This requires both greater tolerance and recognizing the law and of the values of our Constitution on the part of every person living here . . . in order for integration to succeed. We will achieve it, when it takes place, with the classic means of the police and of justice. But the points of departure for dialogue are working within a network and winning trust, which is what prevention means. A long-term dialogue, nourished by reciprocal communication and knowledge about other cultures and religions, requires the capacity to recognize and take into consideration our differences in order to overcome the remoteness of the other . . . All this is particularly necessary in a time when our country, rather than having a pragmatic debate about the possibilities of integration, has conducted a debate about culture that is Islamophobic and bellicose, a debate fed by exaggeration, simplification, and stupidity about migrants and Muslims. (Dieter Glietsch, Berlin Prefect of Police, Federal Police Conference on ‘Migration and Integration’ 26 October 2010) This inaugural speech by the Berlin Police Commissioner in front of several hundred German and foreign police officers, journalists, and researchers on the occasion of a conference organized by the Berlin police, refers to both local and federal issues. The Commissioner defends his conception of police action by renewing his confidence in ‘prevention’ and by asserting the need to combine it with ‘inter-religious and intercultural dialogue’. This conference marked the end of a five-year experiment with ‘intercultural openness’ by the Berlin police (Interkulturelle …ffnung der Polizei) and, according to its promoters, the speech was supposed to legitimate the renewal of the project for a second five-year cycle. Looking beyond the Berlin context, the Commissioner was also responding, in a barely concealed way, to Chancellor Angela Merkel, who had declared the ‘failure of Multikulti’, and to the hotly debated essay TiloSarrazin had published a few months before the conference, denouncing current policies of integration and the dangers that Islam supposedly represented for German society (Sarrazin, 2010).

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