Municipal Policing in the European Union: Comparative by D. Donnelly

By D. Donnelly

The e-book applies a version of municipal policing to match a couple of police structures within the eu Union suggesting that during the longer term neighborhood groups can have a few type of police enforcement mechanism that won't consistently contain the sworn police officer.

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They do not, as a rule, possess full police powers and their conditions of service are not as comprehensive as the regular police. In most instances their duties include crime prevention, administration, parking and traffic control, commercial and public licensing obligations, residential housing responsibilities, control of animals, and much more. This form of policing exists in diverse organisational structures, for example in Italy the polizia municipal numbers around 60,000 personnel and their uniforms and vehicles have different liveries, which reflect local traditions and preferences.

This reinforced what the then British Prime Minister Tony Blair had been continually supporting when he repeatedly encouraged the European Parliament to invest in cross-border intelligence, police organised crime, pursue the criminals’ bank accounts, harass their activities, arrest the leading members and introduce biometric technology to secure EU borders. EU police history European policing systems are as much the product of each nation’s history as of their own specific environments (Emsley 1991; Mawby 1990; Rawlings 2002).

The move to delegate police functions to non-sworn officers is not dissimilar to the introduction of traffic wardens and other municipal auxiliaries. In the past decade this has led to a number of European states introducing different versions of wardens and community support officers, some with and some without enforcement powers. Either way they have become a valuable tool in the municipal police workshop. On the whole, police management are supportive of these municipal auxiliaries, the general view being that they have proved to be a useful resource and play a key role in the evolution of the ‘extended Introduction 17 police family’.

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