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Taking Care of Business: Police Detectives, Drug Law Enforcement and Proactive Investigation

Matthew Bacon

Abstract

Taking Care of Business offers a rich and insightful ethnography of specialist detective units assigned to the task of investigating drug offences and gathering evidence to support the prosecution of the persons who perpetrate them. Based on extensive fieldwork undertaken in two English police service areas, it provides an in-depth analysis of the everyday realities of the ‘war on drugs’ and the associated working rules, tacit understandings, and underlying assumptions that operate beneath the presentational canopy of police organizations. The analytical standpoint adopted places the occupatio ... More

Keywords: covert policing, criminal investigation, detectives, drug law enforcement, drug policy, intelligence-led policing, police culture, police reform, policing drugs, regulation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199687381
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687381.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Bacon, author
Lecturer in Criminology, School of Law, University of Sheffield