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Taking Care of BusinessPolice Detectives, Drug Law Enforcement and Proactive Investigation$
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Matthew Bacon

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199687381

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687381.001.0001

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The Police on Drugs

The Police on Drugs

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(p.95) 5 The Police on Drugs
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Taking Care of Business
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Matthew Bacon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687381.003.0005

Interrogating the official organizational position on the policing of drugs, this chapter delves into the police worldview with the aim of exploring and making sense of how officers perceived the drug world and their role in it, using some of the most pertinent concepts, themes, and theories from the police culture literature to help frame the analysis. Rather than presenting a monolithic view, care has been taken to reflect the diversity of opinions that were expressed by detectives and a range of other police officers so as to bring out any cultural variations arising from idiosyncrasies and the distinct experiences and expectations associated with rank, specialism, and the external policing environment. The data presented really highlights the importance of observations, informal conversations, and interviews as methods of gaining an insight into the complex and at times contradictory reality of police values and belief systems.

Keywords:   detectives, drug dealers, drug law enforcement, drug policy, drugs, police culture, policing drugs

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