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Title: Policing integration : the inter- and intra-organizational coordination of police work
Author: Giacomantonio, Christopher Joseph
ISNI:       0000 0004 2747 218X
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2013
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The thesis examines the coordination of public police organizations in an intra-national setting through interviews and observations with police officers and managers in multiple organizations in the Lower Mainland, BC, Canada, alongside documentary analysis of local, national and provincial law, policy and protocols relating to coordination. It produces a qualitative and inductive analysis of how police coordinate both within and between agencies, examining ‘interstices’ between police units and using recent ‘integration’ initiatives between public police organizations in the Lower Mainland as a focal point. It develops a recent local history of police activity and organizational change in the region; a novel typology of police organizational boundaries grounded in open-systems organizational theory; and an account of the dynamics of inter-unit coordination based on empirical findings. The thesis then sets out a governance problem for police coordination, developing the argument that coordination work is unique work and needs to be treated as such for purposes of accountability, transparency and equity of police practice in a democratic society. This governance problem is applied to broader developments in police work in Anglo-American societies, and an intellectual framework for assessing police governance under coordination is advanced.
Supervisor: Loader, Ian Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada)
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Criminology - Crime Control Policy ; Criminology - Security,Rights and Justice ; criminology ; police ; ethnography ; organizational sociology ; governance