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Sensemaking in detective work: the social nature of crime investigation
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3253-7243
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8517-0313
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1440-0470
2021 (English)In: International Journal of Police Science and Management, ISSN 1461-3557, E-ISSN 1478-1603, Vol. 23, no 2, p. 119-132Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, we contribute to the knowledge on police detectives' work practices, and report how police detectives make sense of casework in a social manner. As our research question, we address the ways in which detective work can be understood as a social process. To target this question, we conducted an ethnographic study that examines how detectives who work with domestic violence and high-volume crimes strive to frame and understand events in everyday investigative practice. The data consist of approximately 200 hours of ethnographic data and interviews from two departments in a Swedish police station. The results indicate that detectives' sensemaking of casework took place through two principal practices: a concluding practice and a supporting practice. Furthermore, the findings show that detectives' work is highly social and procedural. This suggests that detectives' work practice is of a social nature and that contacts between investigators are important to take into account in the organization of an investigative department.

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Sage Publications, 2021. Vol. 23, no 2, p. 119-132
Keywords [en]
sensemaking, detective work, domestic violence, minor crime
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Business Administration Pedagogy
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police science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-179125DOI: 10.1177/1461355720980759Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85114382886OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-179125DiVA, id: diva2:1522362
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2015-00700Available from: 2021-01-26 Created: 2021-01-26 Last updated: 2024-07-02Bibliographically approved

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