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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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Policing the ‘Drug Problem’

Policing the ‘Drug Problem’

(p.23) 2 Policing the ‘Drug Problem’
Taking Care of Business

Matthew Bacon

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the role of the police in drug control as background to the empirical study of the rationales, patterns and priorities 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. It aims to establish the parameters of policing in the drugs field and build a theoretical foundation for explaining the policing of drugs and new directions in drug control policy and practice. By critically analysing the construction of specific drug problems over time, it also uncovers the logic behind some of the most pertinent governmental responses and questions whether they serve the needs of society or the interests of powerful groups.

Keywords:   drug law enforcement, drug policy, drug problem, harm reduction, policing, policing drugs, public police service, social control, social order, war on drugs

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