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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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Making Cases

Making Cases

(p.197) 8 Making Cases
Taking Care of Business

Matthew Bacon

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an account of the everyday realities of the war on drugs by examining the dynamics and dilemmas of how drug investigations are planned, authorized, and carried out after a case becomes operational. Attention is given to drug warrants, covert surveillance, and test purchase operations—the tactical resolutions that were used time and again for taking care of business. It focuses on the occupational perspective and practices of detectives, how they interpreted, made sense of, and manipulated the rules of the drug game, and the ways in which they used intelligence, gathered evidence, exercised power, and defined success.

Keywords:   covert policing, criminal investigation, detectives, drug law enforcement, drug warrants, Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, RIPA, police culture, police reform, prosecution

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