The ethnographic research project CODISP (Concepts for the Development of Intelligence, Security and Prevention/2012-2015) examines the questions of the generation and circulation of (practical) knowledge within the realm of preventive police work.
We are interested in how the police:
carry out their work, i.e. open up social spaces, establish and maintain relationships, spread information, etc.;
use and generate knowledge, make this knowledge available and utilise it within the police;
relate their preventive work to “classical police work”;
arrange and develop the branches dealing with crime prevention within the police organisation.
Our research deals with practical requirements and interdependencies of preventive work and thus facilitates a discussion within the police about its organisation in practice.
In general, the project responds to a social and cultural change, particularly in urban areas. In addition to traditional police tasks – i.e. law enforcement and guaranteeing public security – more and more attention is paid to establishing networks and gaining trust. As a result of this, the social competence and knowledge management of police forces become particularly important. CODISP aims to contribute to the exploration of these forms of practices and their challenges within the realm of crime prevention.