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Dr Jasmin Tregidga
- Doctoral Research
- The Securitisation of Routine Policing? An examination of the Impact of Counter-Terrorism Policy at the Local Policing Level
- Supervisors: Mr Trevor Jones and Mr Adam Edwards
- It is argued that recent terrorist events have served as catalysts for shifts in both political imperative and public expectation in relation to security policy-making generally and policing policy more specifically. In recent criminological thought these shifts have been conceptualised in terms of the securitisation of routine policing. Securitisation refers to the identification of ‘existential threats’ which, by definition, imply emergency powers and extraordinary counter-measures outwith ‘normal’, democratically accountable, government (Weaver, 1996). Such is the preoccupation with the threat posed by transnational terrorism post-9/11, the Madrid bombings of 2004 and the 7/7 bombings in London in 2005, that it is argued routine, ‘community’, policing is increasingly driven by this logic of securitisation (King and Sharp, 2006; Virta, 2008). Critics suggest this logic unnecessarily threatens important civil liberties and safeguards of democratic oversight of policing in liberal democracies (Loader, 2001).
- However, the extent to which routine policing is actually being securitised remains a moot empirical point. Drawing on Christopher Pollitt’s (2001) distinction between ‘talk’, ‘decision’ and ‘action’ in public administration, this research questions the extent to which security ‘talk’, and ‘decisions’ made within the arena of counter terrorism policy are actually translated into ‘action’ on the ground in the form of tangible changes to local policing practice.
- The research incorporates a mixed method approach to data generation and analysis, and includes both qualitative and quantitative output. The aim is provide an alternative, (extra-discursive) method through which to undertake a critical exploration of the predominantly discourse-based pronouncements regarding the increasingly securitised nature of routine policing at the local level.