Diversifying the narrative…. Communications in the face of risks, threats and decision making in policing.

Policing in the face of funding cuts, scrutiny and structural changes with limited availability and access to technologies and manpower has evolved. The demand on policing services has become higher and more diverse with police forces increasingly shouldering the responsibility for health and social demands. Although governed by robust and lengthy frameworks and seemingly supported by ‘adequate’ technologies, the job of assessing risk and making decisions in policing is highly communication and information dependent, complex, multifaceted and challenging. The scope and range of crimes and treatment of crime have changed in the wake of increased levels of police proactivity and awareness. As my doctoral fieldwork has progressed, I have found that the way information is supplied, acquired, shared and used in policing influences and impacts on risk assessment and decision making The use of communication tools and technologies feature heavily in the task of response policing and there is an impact on demands on resources when these tools prove to be...
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Pan-African migration into treacherous territories – The Arabian Drift

Pan-African migration into treacherous territories – The Arabian Drift

Over the last 15 years there has been an increased interest and increased concern about economic migration from African counties largely eastern, Western and Southern Africa into the northern belt of Africa and often onwards to Emirati countries. People haven’t been silent, but awareness continues to be difficult to evaluate and for the best part the drift of people continues.  In this last decade I have keenly followed a variety of accounts from people, particularly young women who have left their families and in some cases children and I guess there are there are probably thousands of stories from people who have travelled to the middle east assisted by “agents”. There’s a fair bit of education about this out there but the allure of big payouts and lack of conscience never fails to convince fellow countrymen and women into becoming “agents” who specialise in going to or targetting villages and other deprived or semi deprived communities to groom young people into believing...
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Ethnographic intricacies and the valley of ethical approval

In use since the early 19th century, ethnography in the IS field, particularly CSCW and HCI, studies the understanding of the social processes related to creating, introducing and representing information systems as a key means of understanding the way technologies create or alter human activities. Ethnography supports elicitation of knowledge with a level of transparency and broadness that promotes the linkage of data to practices, processes and procedures (Hassan, Mingers, & Stahl, 2018; Horlick-Jones & Rosenhead, 2007) My insights and experiences have been of conducting ethnographies in policing in the West where it enables me to examine the disruptiveness, connectedness, unpredictability and cultures that are associated with technologies including understanding the role of human nature and power shifts (internally and externally) in the process of functional technologies in policing (Greenhalgh & Swinglehurst, 2011; Radovan, 2013). In this article, I have selected some of my experiences as an early stage researcher which I hope will also be relevant to ethnographers such as...
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