In the news...

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)

Read more …

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".

Read more …

Press releases regarding COMPOSITE

COMPOSITE - “Comparative Police Studies in the EU” is a FP7 framework research program of the European Union which is investigating change management practices in police forces across ten European countries (Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, the Republic of Macedonia, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, and the United Kingdom). Based on 11 interconnecting work-packages, COMPOSITE attempts to find out what factors contribute to success or failure of change processes. Therefore the COMPOSITE consortium investigates organisational structures, organisational identities and cultures, leadership styles, and processes in the police.



Germany, December 2012: COMPOSITE's first Practitioners Conference in Potsdam, Germany

From December 10 until December 2012, police practitioners and participants in the international, interdisciplinary research project "Comparative Police Studies in the EU" (COMPOSITE) will attend a meeting in Potsdam Germany, that serves to share the latest achievements and research results of the project.


Specific issues that will be addressed concern how divergent demands put on police forces can be reconciled and society specific dilemmas be solved? What are factors that determine success or failure of change processes? What can we learn from more than twenty years of ambitious change processes in many European countries? How important is organisational culture? What role do external stakeholders play? Are there different types of police forces – types that are open to change and types that are more conservative?


This conference aims bringing together practitioners and scholars, politicians and leaders, to discuss risks and challenges, problems and solutions, theories and typologies and best practices.


Full press release is to be dowonloaded here.

Germany, December 2012: COMPOSITE brochure out on "Best Practice in Police Social Media Adaption"

"Best Practice in Police Social Media Adaptation", the European COMPOSITE project's new report, discusses in detail how social media can be used to support police work in a number of areas. The report is based on in-depth analyses, interviews and group discussions with IT experts and officers representing the police forces of thirteen European countries. Besides being a source of information on criminal activities, social media are a very efficient means of communication with the general public, even in situations of crisis or unrest. Used in the right way, social media can help to improve trust and understanding between the people in an area and their police.


Full press release is to be dowonloaded here.

Macedonia, May/June 2012: COMPOSITE Consortium Meeting in Ohrid, Macedonia

From 29 May until June 1 2012, participants in the international, interdisciplinary research project “Comparative Police Studies in the EU” (COMPOSITE) will attend a meeting that marks the halfway milestone of the project. COMPOSITE aims to provide police forces across Europe with knowledge and instruments that will help them face current and future challenges. The meeting will be held in Ohrid, in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and is hosted by the St. Clement of Ohrid University.


Full press release is to be downloaded here.


In addition to the scientific work COMPOSITE invited two photographers, David Adams and Hans van Rhoon, to realise two separate bodies of work reflecting the comparative spirit of the research project. They will create images of police forces in the ten participating countries. David Adam’s work will be based on typologies, showing police facilities, as well as a portrait series. Hans van Rhoon will make a documentary style series based on police activity in the field. The photos that are distributed with this press release, represent a first impression of photographs taken in five of the ten participating countries. These photographs may be used for editorial purposes, and can be downloaded (see below).