Comparative Policing from a Legal Perspective
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Comparative Policing from a Legal Perspective

Edited by Monica den Boer

Public police forces are a regular phenomenon in most jurisdictions around the world, yet their highly divergent legal context draws surprisingly little attention. Bringing together a wide range of police experts from all around the world, this book provides an overview of traditional and emerging fields of public policing, New material and findings are presented with an international-comparative perspective, it is a must-read for students of policing, security and law and professionals in related fields.
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Chapter 8: Policing terrorism, extremism and radicalization: a legal-comparative perspective

Monica den Boer, Tarja Mankkinen and Sirpa Virta


Within the field of policing studies, research on policing terrorism, extremism and radicalization from a legal-comparative perspective seems to be rare. Within legal discourse, terrorism has been positioned on the interstices between crime and war. In practice, the increased complexity and political nature of terrorism and radicalization pose significant challenges to legislators at all levels, as well as to the police and other law enforcement authorities. Departing from a limited supply of research on norms and legal instruments against terrorism, the authors observe a boost in national and international legal counter-terrorism instruments, which tend to trickle down in ordinary police working practices. As terrorism adopts a chameleon-like character, as a phenomenon that draws high political priority, it poses a significant challenge to domestic police organizations around the world to consolidate special professional expertise amidst the demand to ‘go glocal’ and to enter into multi-agency co-operation. Community policing is regarded as a pivotal tool in the prevention of radicalization and violent extremism.

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