Proactive policing and equal treatment of ethnic-minority youths

Jorgen S. Svensson, Sawitri Saharso

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    Proactive policing aims at suppressing delinquency at an early stage. In the Netherlands, it is applied, inter alia, to youths and youth groups to prevent them from slipping off into delinquent behaviour and crime. Proactive policing implies that police officers keep in touch with local youths and monitor their behaviour. Furthermore, it entails police officers applying discretion in giving warnings, in asking for identification and in conducting stop and search. This contribution reports on an empirical investigation among 231 youths, interviewed on the street and in youth centres, to establish whether this proactive policing results in unequal treatment of ethnic minority youths. The main finding is that although proactive policing in the Netherlands is associated with considerable outcome inequality, the extent of unequal treatment of ethnic minority youths is surprisingly limited.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)393-408
    Number of pages16
    JournalPolicing and society
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 16 Jan 2015


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