Comparative perspectives on European police co-operation : a case study in Germany and Scotland
In the context of EU interest in justice and home affairs matters, the aims of this research are threefold, namely: • To provide an updated commentary on the Schengen and Europol projects and to provide an update of the debate in the public, political and academic domain on police co-operation at the turn of the millennium. Both these initiatives represent, on the face of it, major steps forward in supranational police co-operation against crime committed increasingly at international level. Closer examination however reveals highly undesirable features, and a drift towards an authoritarian "security union" obsessed with external threats. • By means of a questionnaire, to see to what extent the opinions of politicians and senior police officers and opinion leaders in the mass media corresponded to those of officers "on the ground", and to see how much in common officers in Scotland and Germany felt they had with each other. The results reveal similarities in attitudes towards bread and butter issues of policing but also more major differences in occupational culture and attitudes to Europe in general and policing initiatives at a European level in particular. • On the basis of this the thesis will highlight factors which will have to be taken into consideration when considering any measures designed to improve co-operation between the police forces in the EU.