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2014-07-07 12:27

COMPOSITE conference "Good Leaderships in Times of Change – Empirical Findings and Suggestions for Police Leaders" by Kate Horton

COMPOSITE's final conference on "Good Leaderships in Times of Change – Empirical Findings and Suggestions for Police Leaders" on 12 and 13 June 2014 in Rotterdam (the Netherlands)

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2014-07-03 13:45

"Police is regain control by using twitter and Co."

COMPOSITE researcher were interviewed about their research on "police & social media".

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COMPOSITE: Meeting of senior police officers from 9 Europeancountries in Oranienburg (Germany)

2011-03-15 08:15

The EU-funded research project COMPOSITE attempts to analyse the factors that facilitate or complicate change processes in police forces. This research project will provide important and relevant insights into the workings of police organisations, not only for scientists and scholars, but also for decision makers in police organisations and ministries.


To make sure that research activities and results reach this target group, an End User Board was installed as an important part of the project’s governing structure. As part of the End User Board, senior police officers represent the police forces of the countries that are part of the project. They act as a “sounding board” for the researchers and give valuable feedback with respect to research activities and the interpretation of research results. The board meets twice a year.


On January 12th, the first meeting of the End User Board was held at the University of Applied Sciences of the state police of Brandenburg in Oranienburg near Berlin. The president of the University Rainer Grieger opened the meeting and welcomed the participants at this historic site. Vice president Jochen Christe-Zeyse reminded the conference that not too far away from the meeting place, in the former concentration camp of Sachsenhausen thousands of prisoners became victims of a totalitarian ideology and died from mass killings, starvation, torture, and exhaustion. Christe-Zeyse also addressed the historical legacy that emanated from this not too distant past and stressed the importance of values such as human dignity and decency as the foundation of any kind of police work.


The workshop in Oranienburg was a most promising start to a series of meetings that will most certainly develop into a valuable tool to accompany the research and also serve as a forum to exchange ideas, experiences and perceptions on modern policing in Europe. And it will also act as the nucleus of a network for senior police officers interested in organising and implementing successful change processes in police organisations all over Europe.


The further proceedings were focused on the research methodology, access to relevant police forces, and dissemination activities. The meeting provided excellent opportunities to become familiar with the objectives and the methodology of the research as well as with the other police officers from the participating countries. Although there undoubtedly exist plenty of common features in all the police forces present at this meeting, some major differences and national characteristics also became apparent, ranging from carrying firearms on duty to the underlying philosophies regarding service orientation or the use of management tools.

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