Policing tourism: the emergence of specialist units

Mawby, Rob and Boakye, Kwaku and Jones, Carol (2015) Policing tourism: the emergence of specialist units. Policing and Society, 25 (4). pp. 378-392. ISSN 1043-9463

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Abstract

Specialist tourist police units are a recent development in many countries where tourism is important to the economy and where crimes associated with tourism are recognised. However, such developments are scarcely universal. This paper focuses on three contrasting examples: the UK, where there are no specialist tourist police, despite a clear relationship between tourism and crime and disorder; Ghana, where tourist police have been introduced relatively recently; and the USA, where tourist police units are an established part of policing structures in tourist areas like Florida. After describing the current situation in each area, the paper concludes with a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of specialist units and the reasons why contrasting policies have emerged.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tourism, TOPS, tourist police, tourism police units.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology. > HV7231 Criminal justice administration > HV7551 Police. Detectives. Constabulary.
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Natural & Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2016 16:04
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2016 10:12
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/3769

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