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Criminal Investigation in Rural Areas: How Police Detectives Manage Remoteness and Resource Scarcity
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1440-0470
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8517-0313
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3253-7243
2021 (English)In: Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, ISSN 1752-4512, E-ISSN 1752-4520, Vol. 15, no 2, p. 1352-1366Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article addresses how rural environments characterized by remoteness impact the work of police detectives in their casework. It reports on an ethnographic study of two investigative departments (working on volume crime and domestic crime) located in Northern Sweden. Interviews (N=27) and participant observations (N =56) were conducted in order to examine how investigators approached and managed rural conditions in their daily work. Findings indicate that police investigations in rural areas are characterized by constraints, such as resource shortages, extended set-up times (due to travelling), and challenges in multitasking. The findings identify two main practices for investigating crime in such settings: 'rural investigation' that entails a decentralized approach in which investigators are embedded locally; and 'investigating the rural' that entails a distanced, centralized approach. This article discusses trade-offs and predicted outcomes in crime investigation and highlights how the urban/rural binary divide encompasses a paradoxical tension that investigators must manage continuously

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Oxford University Press, 2021. Vol. 15, no 2, p. 1352-1366
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-174118DOI: 10.1093/police/paaa023ISI: 000733820000046Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85142610158OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-174118DiVA, id: diva2:1458887
Available from: 2020-08-18 Created: 2020-08-18 Last updated: 2024-07-02Bibliographically approved

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