The Futures of policing: going beyond the thin blue line

Sohail Inayatullah

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Is proactive and predictive policing possible? Based on an examination of drivers and emerging issues related to law enforcement, this article explores the alternative futures of policing. Four scenarios are posited: (1) Policing that is unable to adapt but no one cares, (2) Policing value in question, (3) Policing fragmented, and (4) Prevention in Policing. The essay concludes by linking general policing futures with the 'Pearls in Policing' action learning process as one way to move policing from reactive to preventive.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Crime and rehabilitation debates
  • Policing futures
  • Policing narratives
  • Policing scenarios


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