Police involvement with universal crime prevention in schools in Denmark: a case study exploring the role, rationale and motivation for police involvement in schools

Memmert, Anniken (2014) Police involvement with universal crime prevention in schools in Denmark: a case study exploring the role, rationale and motivation for police involvement in schools. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this thesis is to investigate police involvement with universal crime prevention in schools in Denmark, focussing on their role as well as rationale and motivation for being involved with this in schools. It is worthwhile researching this specific area, as the issue of safer schools is worldwide; yet the problems that the police may work with in relation to schools vary enormously. This study concerns Denmark, and will relate what is going on in Denmark regarding police involvement in schools to the research evidence where available elsewhere in the world. The research is a small-scale empirical case study of a police district in Southern Denmark. Primary data was collected through seven semi-structured interviews with five police officers, working directly with crime prevention in schools, and two managers. Relevant literature concerning police in schools is reviewed, available secondary data about Denmark is analysed and the interview data is discussed and analysed in relation to this. The key findings from the study revealed that the role of the police in schools in Denmark is primarily educational, focussing on traffic and crime prevention, and as a partner in the official collaboration between schools, social services and the police. The police officers have a relatively large degree of autonomy in their crime prevention work and can employ discretion and common sense in their work tasks. The police are not permanently based in schools, and they are not involved with ensuring safety and security in and around school sites. This differs from the role of police in schools in countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom. Furthermore, the research found that the main rationales and motivations for the Danish police to be involved in schools are to make a difference and possibly prevent some adolescents from developing a criminal career, show the person behind the uniform and develop good relations with the youth. As this thesis is written in English, it presents an opportunity for English language speakers to gain knowledge about police involvement with universal crime prevention in schools in Denmark. By providing a valuable insight into the role of the Danish police in schools, it is hoped that this thesis will benefit to the knowledge and understanding of this.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2015 14:53
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:48
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/16513

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