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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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Detecting Change and the Future of Drug Law Enforcement

Detecting Change and the Future of Drug Law Enforcement

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(p.236) 9 Detecting Change and the Future of Drug Law Enforcement
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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/9780199687381.003.0009

This chapter pulls together some key findings in order to consider the extent to which detective practices were affected by the formal structural context of policing and explain why some behaviours and aspects of their culture were susceptible to change whereas others proved resistant and enduring. The discussion then moves on to make some recommendations for potentially workable alternatives to traditional enforcement strategies that are designed to stimulate further research and reconfigure the evolution of the policing of drugs. By applying regulatory theory to drug detective work, it is argued that one way forward is for the police to use their powers to beneficially shape drug markets according to the standards and purposes of harm reduction.

Keywords:   criminal investigation, detectives, drug law enforcement, drug policy, harm reduction, police culture, police reform, regulation, restorative justice

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