The Prague Police: Adopting Democratic Principles

David Jenks, California State University, Los Angeles

ABSTRACT
This project identifies, describes, and analyzes the changes that have taken place within the Prague Police during the post-communist period. The Prague Police are the primary law enforcement entity in the capital and largest city in the Czech Republic, one of two countries that comprised the former state of Czechoslovakia. The project focused on the movement of the Prague Police toward a democratic policing organizational structure, while stressing the successes and failures that they have encountered. Interviews with twelve key informants, supplemented by official police statistics, victimization surveys, media accounts and a variety of other sources were utilized to explore the unique experiences that have been encountered by that agency. Results indicate that while a great deal has been accomplished by the Prague Police in their efforts to move toward what is commonly defined as a democratic style of policing, the process is still ongoing.

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