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Issues involving assessment of police work in France

ICPC Lunch Seminar / May 30th 2007, Montreal (Canada)

Author(s) : International Centre for the Prevention of Crime


Abstract :

In the context of increased rationalization of public spending, where police services are increasingly being managed similar to commercial enterprises, the question of measuring police performance has become subject to considerable attention. The focus on measuring police effectiveness has to deal with the nature of police activity, including preventive activities which do not lend itself easily to the identification of highly reliable and measurable indicators. Frederic Ocqueteau presented the challenges of measuring police performance in France, where the demand for public safety is as strong among the population, as it is for decision makers.

Speaker :

Frederic OCQUETEAU, Sociologist, is Director of Research at CNRS (CERSA -Centre d’Études et de Recherches de Science Administrative), France. He was Director of Research at the Institut des Hautes Études sur la Sécurité Intérieure (Ministry of Interior) from 1998 – 2001. In this position, he conducted research on the implementation of community policing reform at the national level in France (1998-2002), including a survey on the attitudes of Police Commissioners in this process. Frédéric Ocqueteau was also nominated as an expert for the Advisory Council on the National Observatory on Crime created in november 2003.