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Collaboration Obstacles and Success: Described and Observed Experiences of Police and Border Guards’ in the Baltic Sea Area
Lund University. (Kriminal- och socialvetenskapligt nätverk)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6151-0934
Lund University.
2015 (English)In: Criminology as unitas multiplex: Theoretical, epistemological and methodological developments. Book of abstracts, 15th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, 2015, 137-137 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This study analyses the cooperation between police and border guard authorities in the Baltic Sea area and primarily one collaborative project initiated by the Stockholm border police (cofunded by the EU). The purpose of the project is to decrease trans-boundary criminality and improve day-to-day cooperation between police and border officers in the Baltic Sea region. The participants are police and border authorities in Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Sweden. Earlier research on collaboration shows that cooperation comprises problems and conflicts. The purpose of this study is to map and analyze how the staff of the different organizations experience, understand, and define obstacles of cooperation as well as successful cooperation, and which interactive and discursive patterns are involved in the construction of this phenomenon. The empirical basis for this study are qualitative interviews and field observations of organized intelligence and operational meetings and informal meetings before and after the organized meetings conducted during visits to different organization. This study suggests that the border officers and police re-negotiate spatial and cultural identities to make cooperation possible. Close cooperation and performing mundane work practices together entail an emerging idea of a shared EU border police “culture”. The notion of common northern European identity is described as an important feature for successful cooperation, but at the same time, conflicting views of regional and historical differences between the countries involved are expressed. Despite the alleged cultural differences and similarities, the border officers claim that cooperation between the countries is vital in order to protect EU territory and Schengen space from external threats and criminal activity. When some border officers create a distance from criminals and other professional partners, conflicts can be erased so as to generate new conditions for cooperation. Construction and reconstruction of collaboration obstacles and success is an ongoing, interactive process. Presentation of the proper interaction moral is created and re-created during interactions and appears in the myriad everyday interactions.

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2015. 137-137 p.
Keyword [en]
qualitative interviews, field work, field notes, collaboration identity, moral, collaboration, cooperation, operational meeting, intelligence meeting, border guards, police
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Social Sciences; Social Sciences, Criminology; Social Sciences, Poliskunskap; Social Sciences, Sociology
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-48119OAI: diva2:877629
Eurocrim 2015, 15th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, Porto, September 2-5, 2015.
Available from: 2015-12-07 Created: 2015-12-07 Last updated: 2016-01-05Bibliographically approved

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