Structural and cultural dimensions of plural policing in Belgium

This paper will 1) sketch and discuss the multitude of actors involved in
policing in Belgium, as a result of local policy initiatives; 2) examine
the functional changes (in the policing 'division of labour') and the
changes in judicial competencies this pluralisation of policing has
brought about; 3) contrast this structural context with the everyday
popular and official expectations and demands on different policing
actors, in the field. In doing so, the paper aims to show how, important
shifts in tasks and competencies from public constabularies to other
actors notwithstanding, it is mainly their 'symbolic mandate' that shapes,
and limits, their functioning and legitimacy. We argue more in particular
that within the Belgian context of plural policing today, the 'symbolic
monopoly' of the regular state police remains by far the most crucial one.
It should, therefore, together with the role of the state in police
governance, constitute the focus of the debate.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1970

    Research areas

  • police, policing

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