Handbook on Policing in Central and Eastern Europe

  • Gorazd Meško
  • Charles B. Fields
  • Branko Lobnikar
  • Andrej Sotlar

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Gorazd Meško, Charles B. Fields, Branko Lobnikar, Andrej Sotlar
    Pages 1-4
  3. Irma Kovčo Vukadin, Krunoslav Borovec, Tajana Ljubin Golub
    Pages 31-55
  4. Pavel Foltin, Andrej Rohál, Mária Šikolová
    Pages 57-80
  5. Thomas Feltes, Uwe Marquardt, Stefan Schwarz
    Pages 93-113
  6. Richard Leyrer
    Pages 115-128
  7. Stojanka Mirčeva, Rade Rajkovčevski
    Pages 143-168
  8. Zoran Keković, Savo Kentera
    Pages 169-190
  9. Vladimir Sergevnin, Oleg Kovalyov
    Pages 191-215
  10. Josef Reitšpís, Libor Gašpierik, Kamil Boc, Miroslav Felcan
    Pages 239-261
  11. Gorazd Meško, Branko Lobnikar, Maja Jere, Andrej Sotlar
    Pages 263-286
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 305-316

About this book


Policing in Central and Eastern Europe has changed greatly since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Some Central and  Eastern European countries are constituent members of the European Union, while others have been trying to harmonize with the EU and international requirements for a more democratic policing and developments in accordance with Western European and international policing standards, especially in regard to issues of legality and legitimacy.

Changes in the police training system (basic and advanced), internationalization of policing due to  transnationalization of crime and deviance, and new police organizational structures and agencies have impacted new cultures of policing (from exclusively state to plural policing). This timely volume examines developments in the last two decades to learn the nature of these changes within Central and Eastern Europe, and their impact on police culture, as well as on society as a whole.

The development of police research has varied widely throughout Central and Eastern Europe: in some countries, it has developed significantly, while in others it is still in its infancy. This work allows for a transfer of ideas and models of police organization and policing, with an aim to provide consistent and comparable data across all of the countries discussed. For the twenty countries covered, this systematic work provides: short country-based information on police organization and social control; crime and disorder trends in the last 20 years with an emphasis on policing, police training and police educational systems; changes in policing in the last 20 years; police and the media; present trends in policing (public and private, multilateral, plural policing); policing urban and rural communities; recent research trends in research on policing; and future developments.


Austria Bosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria Comparative Policing Croatia Czech Republic Emerging Democracies Estonia Germany Hungary Kosovo Macedonia Montenegro Police Education in Central and Eastern Europe Police studies Policing and the Media Policing in Central and Eastern Europe Public Opinion on Police Republic of Srpska Russia Serbia Slovak Republic Slovenia

Editors and affiliations

  • Gorazd Meško
    • 1
  • Charles B. Fields
    • 2
  • Branko Lobnikar
    • 3
  • Andrej Sotlar
    • 4
  1. 1.Faculty of Criminal Justice and SecurityUniversity of MariborLjubljanaSlovenia
  2. 2., College of Justice and SafetyEastern Kentucky UniversityRichmondUSA
  3. 3., Faculty of Criminal Justice and SecurityUniversity of MariborLjubljanaSlovenia
  4. 4., Faculty of Criminal Justice and SecurityUniversity of MariborLjubljanaSlovenia

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