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Policing the blurred line between organized and economic crime

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How are organized and economic crime understood by policing agents, and how do their problem definitions play into strategies, target selection and choice of methods?

Empirically and conceptually the line between organized and economic crime is not always clear cut. This project will explore policing in the areas where there is empirical overlap. The project aims to explore the problem definitions, strategies and methods of selected police units and one or more relevant third party agencies involved in policing organized and economic crime. How do policing strategies and methods follow from institutionally prevailing understandings of the crime problem? 

Demands are placed specifically on the police to not only investigate crimes already committed, but also prevent planned and ongoing criminal acitivity from being brought to completion. Are we seeing that changes in the relationship between pro- and reactive policing measures?  

The primary source of data in this project is a fieldwork  consisting of participant observation and interviews in selected policing agencies. Additionally, a document analysis is done to investigate how such crimes are represented in policy documents, and what are seen as suitable means of control.

This project is financed by the Norwegian Research Council, and is carried out by doctoral researcher .

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