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Title: A study of the transfer, reception and implementation of community policing within Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates
Author: Hartley, Mark Conrad
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis examines the transfer, reception and implementation of community policing in Abu Dhabi between 2000 and 2016. It was undertaken during a period of extensive organisational reform, which was informed by a process of policy transfer, primarily from the United Kingdom. These reforms were driven by regional insecurity and increasing awareness that more needed to be done to improve police and community relations to prepare for anticipated future risks and threats to the security of the state. The reform programme included the introduction of a community policing model. This was encouraged by an elite network of international actors and Abu Dhabi Police officers, who embarked on extensive policy transfer processes to select good practice to be adopted and implemented locally. This study aims to understand more fully why the community policing policy transfer was taking place, what policies were being transferred, the mechanisms through which policy was being transferred, what facilitated or constrained the process, and the outcomes of any adaptations made to the model that resulted from its implementation. This thesis illustrates the argument that, in practice, the transfer of community policing from one context to another as a type of package that can be copied rarely occurs. Through processes of policy transfer, as part of a package of reforms, policy design mutates by purposefully adopting or amending aspects of 'the' policy, and by implementation. In Abu Dhabi, this resulted in a centralised structure with specialised community police teams undertaking a social welfare role, with minimal use of police powers. This translation, rather than transfer of policy, resulted in a bespoke model of community policing designed to support local citizens, but simultaneously acknowledging the need to engage with the wider expatriate population to share community information in order to prevent crime and maintain security.
Supervisor: Lister, Stuart ; Crawford, Adam Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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