Summary and Conclusions

  • Tal Jonathan-Zamir
  • David Weisburd
  • Badi Hasisi


What are the implications of having local police in a democratic country take on security or counterterrorism responsibilities? What are the effects of this unique role on the ability of the police to attend to its classic obligations and on the relationship between the police and the public? These issues have become critical ones for Western democratic police agencies over the last decade, and scholars and practitioners have spoken a good deal about them. However, to date, there has been little empirical evidence to guide practitioners and policy makers. In this book we reported on a multi-method study that capitalized on the Israeli context, in which policing has been concerned with terrorism for decades, and in which the police carry out their task within a democratic context and a multicultural society. In this concluding chapter we review the main findings of our work, draw general conclusions, and examine the policy implications of our work. We focus in particular on the implications of our study of the Israeli case for other Western democracies where police have been pushed to take on more security-oriented responsibilities. Our work emphasizes that anti-terrorism is not necessarily natural to the police function, and points to possible negative outcomes of a shift of policing from traditional crime fighting and community engagement to a core concern with homeland security.


Procedural Justice Police Performance Security Threat Crime Control Homeland Security 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tal Jonathan-Zamir
    • 1
  • David Weisburd
    • 1
    • 2
  • Badi Hasisi
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Criminology, Faculty of LawHebrew University of Jerusalem Mount ScopusJerusalemIsrael
  2. 2.Department of Criminology, Law and SocietyGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

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