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Mapping the Field of UK–EU Policing


  • Research for this article was funded by the European Commission as part of the CHALLENGE Research Project on ‘The Changing Landscape of European Liberty and Security’. The author is grateful to the (former) officials in United Kingdom police and government institutions who agreed to be interviewed. Further thanks for fruitful comments and conversations goes to Vivienne Jabri, Didier Bigo, Stephan Davidshofer, Valsamis Mitsilegas, Geoffrey Edwards, two anonymous reviewers, and to participants at a Jean Monnet seminar at Cambridge University, November 2009, where an earlier version of this article was presented.

Felix Berenskoetter, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG, United Kingdom, email:


This article seeks to improve understanding of the field of policing in an evolving European space. It explores connections between officers working in police institutions affiliated with the European Union and police institutions in the United Kingdom. Its main contribution lies in offering a typology of interactions surrounding the exchange and interpretation of information through (i) shared databases, (ii) liaison officers, (iii) training programmes and (iv) transfer of threat images. This allows sketching a more nuanced picture of the field of EU–UK policing in terms of both its internal composition and its external boundaries.