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Crime Prevention Cooperation in Sweden: A Regional Case Study. Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention.
Linköping University, Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, Centre for Municipality Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2014 (English)In: Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention., ISSN 1404-3858, Vol. 15, no 2, 143-158 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In crime prevention, local cooperation and networks have recently become central organizing principles and concepts, especially in Nordic countries such as Sweden. This article explores cooperation in Swedish crime prevention by examining a local example, the regional network Regbrå. Regbrå aims to increase knowledge about crime prevention through cooperation and to support local crime prevention efforts by the municipalities in Östergötland County. Regbrå has promoted many universal (primary), selective (secondary), and indicated (tertiary) crime prevention mechanisms. The Regbrå case also merits attention because of its strong links with a local university and higher education. Some shortcomings and problems also emerge in the analysis, such as the possibility that cooperation becomes an-end-to-itself, detached from verified crime reduction effects. The analysis draws on a study of the Regbrå network, including interviews with qualitative experts (N=10) and a survey sent to involved municipalities (N=13).

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2014. Vol. 15, no 2, 143-158 p.
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-117918DOI: 10.1080/14043858.2014.954830OAI: diva2:812067
Available from: 2015-05-15 Created: 2015-05-15 Last updated: 2015-05-26

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