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The myth of success: the emergenceand maintenance of a specialized gang unit in Stockholm, Sweden
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Information Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2014 (English)In: International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, ISSN 0192-4036, E-ISSN 2157-6475Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Street gangs and organized crime groups pose a unique challenge to police departmentsacross the globe. Given their penchant for public displays of affiliation through wellrecognizedsigns and symbols, their presence is often associated with media attentionand public scrutiny, which threatens the legitimacy of the police and creates addedpressure to generate a specific and public response to the threat these groups pose. Thecurrent study documents how the Stockholm County, Sweden, police developed andmaintained an anti-gang operation in response to an emerging gang problem. Whilepolice officials labeled the anti-gang initiative a success in the news media, analyses ofprosecution statistics and internal police documents demonstrate a less than ideal effectof this operation. Potential reasons for the discrepancy in public pronouncements ofprogrammatic success relative to evaluation of official data are discussed.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-114645DOI: 10.1080/01924036.2014.973054OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-114645DiVA: diva2:791672
Available from: 2015-03-02 Created: 2015-03-02 Last updated: 2017-12-04

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