Criminal investigation and crime control

Authored by: Mike Maguire

Handbook of Policing

Print publication date:  August  2008
Online publication date:  August  2012

Print ISBN: 9781843925002
eBook ISBN: 9780203118238
Adobe ISBN: 9781136308529


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This chapter in divided into three main sections. The first provides a brief historical perspective on the development of criminal investigation in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries as a set of routine practices (both formal and formal), locating it as a core component of the ‘modern’ approaches to crime control that emerged with the growth of centralised bureaucracies and the nation-state. It also identifies common myths about the nature of criminal investigation and considers some theoretical perspectives that offer an alternative picture.

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