Policing is at a turbulent turning point: the pace of change is accelerating with renewed emphasis on crime reduction yet with austerity. This topical book examines what matters in policing, rather than just what works. It compares the implications of restructuring in the UK and The Netherlands, also in the USA, regarding police systems, policing paradigms and research knowledge. The authors, who cover both academia and practice, focus particularly on dilemmas for police leadership relating to strategy, values and operational command. With a foreword by Peter Neyround, University of Cambridge, it argues for developing confident and competent leadership and also provide a comprehensive paradigm to chart policing in the future while retaining trust. It is accessibly written for academics, practitioners, policy makers and students in diverse societies.
"An insightful and valuable piece that should be an essential preparation for aspiring senior police and a reminder for serving leaders." Policing
“A persuasive, penetrating and insightful glimpse, through the lens of leadership, into how two influential police systems in countries with very different histories are repositioning themselves within the ‘rough waters’ of security governance.” Clifford Shearing, University of Cape Town, South Africa, and Griffith University, Australia
"What Matters In Policing is an ambitious book that succeeds in making a sustained case for a coherent and broad vision of policing against the backdrop of a landscape much wider than that to which we are accustomed, and for that it is undoubtedly a welcome contribution to the literature." Policing Insight
“The police forces of The Netherlands and UK are undergoing convulsive changes. If those changes are to be effectively directed in a more uncertain and demanding world, this book provides a compelling case and roadmap for police leadership and its development, whatever the country.” Michael Useem, Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, US
Auke van Dijk is a strategic policy advisor (Dutch National Police) working on strategy, critical debate and values, organizational development and redesigning police leadership training
Frank Hoogewoning is a strategic policy advisor (Dutch National Police) working on anti-social behaviour, order maintenance, vulnerable groups, strategy and redesigning police leadership training
Maurice Punch (London School of Economics) has taught, researched and published widely in the UK, US and Netherlands on policing, police corruption and corporate crime
Foreword: A Crisis in Public Policing ~ Peter Neyroud;
Policing in perilous times: change and leadership;
Police systems, perspectives and contested paradigms;
Sea of troubles: the nature of policing;
When matters become ‘really real’: commanding operations;
Leadership and leadership development;
Towards a comprehensive paradigm.