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Policing Migration: Described and Observed Cooperation Experiences of Police and Border Guards in the Baltic Sea Area
Lund University. (Kriminal- och socialvetenskapligt nätverk)
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of pedagogy. (Kriminal- och socialvetenskapligt nätverk; Institutet för kunskaps- och metodutveckling inom ungdoms- och missbruksvård (IKM); Centrum för specialpedagogisk forskning (CSF))ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6151-0934
Lund University. (Kriminal- och socialvetenskapligt nätverk)
2017 (English)In: Journal of Applied Security Research, ISSN 1936-1610, Vol. 12, no 1, p. 117-140Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

“Collaboration” is generally portrayed as being beneficial to intelligence and operational police work, even if previous collaborative research shows that conflicts are common between authorities who are supposed to cooperate. The present study focuses on how officers collaborate in their day-to-day management of borderguarding, taking into consideration the different social and cultural backgrounds of the project participants. To these ends, this qualitative, ethnographically study is based on empirical material gathered from interviews, field observation sessions with officers working at the Baltic Sea border agencies and documents. The findings suggest that, although collaboration is burdened with bureaucratic difficulties, there is a common understanding of purpose among the project participants. These border officers’ common declared their objective is to fight criminality and createa safer Europe. However, the participants possessing different organizational and cultural backgrounds have to adapt to adopta common language (in officers’ terms EU-English), common schemes of categorizing (inside-outside distinctions), and develop a sense of trust and identity. Collaboration is claimed by the informants, and is best achieved through getting involved ineveryday practices. They worked side by side, and spent free time together rather than following bureaucratic rules and regulations.

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Routledge, 2017. Vol. 12, no 1, p. 117-140
Keywords [en]
border guards, policing borders, Baltic Sea area, policing migration, cooperation, European border politics, intelligence and operational police work, surveillance, collaboration, qualitative interviews, field work, field notes, collaboration identity
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Sociology
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Police Science, Criminology; Social Sciences, Police Science; Social Sciences, Studies of Professions; Social Work, Social Psychology; Social Sciences, Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-59879DOI: 10.1080/19361610.2017.1228422ISI: 000396694900007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-59879DiVA, id: diva2:1065897
Available from: 2017-01-17 Created: 2017-01-17 Last updated: 2018-04-04Bibliographically approved

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