Self-Selection Policing: Theory, Research and Practice

Self-Selection Policing introduces and explores an approach for crime control which seeks to identify active, serious offenders by attending to the minor offences they commit. A foundation of theory and evidence is first supplied for the assertion that ‘those who do big bad things also do little bad things’. Original research presented in the book includes a study of offending by visitors to a prison, and the concurrent criminality of those committing common driving offences and failure to produce driving documents as required. It illustrates how self-selection can complement other police methods of identifying active, serious criminals by focusing on what offenders do rather than who they are and what they have done in the past. Concentrating on the ‘usual suspects’ in the conventional way is often criticised as harassment and self-selection policing largely bypasses the issue of fairness this raises.

Book contents:

  1. Introduction

  2. Identifying Suspects

  3. Are Serious Criminals Really Offence Versatile?

  4. Self-Selection Policing and Serious Offenders

  5. Going Fishing: Searching for Self-Selection Policing Trigger Offences Committed by Visitors to a Prison

  6. Driving Offences as Self-Selection Policing Triggers

  7. A Long and Winding Road? Barriers to Adopting Self-Selection Policing