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Criminal Networks. The challenge to Policing the 21st Century?

James, AD (2005) Criminal Networks. The challenge to Policing the 21st Century? SIAK-Journal − Zeitschrift für Polizeiwissenschaft und polizeiliche Praxis, 3. pp. 20-28.

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Abstract

This paper considers the growth of criminal networks and some of the ways law enforcement agencies are reshaping their intelligence systems to meet the challenges they present. Illegal immigration, a key source of rev- enue for criminal networks, is used to contextualise the nature and extent of the threats faced. Discussions of criminal networks and illegal immigration take place against the backdrop of the wider immigration debate. Across Europe, immigration continues to be an emotive, highly politicised subject. As a general election approaches, the major political parties in the UK vie with each other to present credible, or perhaps more importantly acceptable, immigration policies to the electorate. Whilst recognising this fact, this paper takes an instrumental approach and focuses its attention on illegal immigration which, all too plainly, is a bad thing not only because it is con- trary to law but also because of the human suffering it causes. Particularly significant in the context of this paper; illegal immigration strengthens and sustains criminal networks, many of which now claim influence across the globe. This paper has a particular UK bias but the themes explored should be familiar to many engaged in law enforcement in Member States.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: criminal networks; law enforcement; organised crime
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: Justice Studies (new Sep 19)
Publisher: Bundesministerium für Inneres – Sicherheitsakademie / Verlag NWV
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2019 12:07
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2019 12:08
DOI or Identification number: 10.7396/2005_3_C
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11783

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