A Long and Winding Road? Barriers to Adopting Self-Selection Policing

  • Jason Roach
  • Ken Pease
Part of the Crime Prevention and Security Management book series (CPSM)


From the title of this chapter (and the previous one) the reader would be totally within their rights to conclude that SSP is really just about identifying a few minor driving offences that have a better than average chance of uncovering active, serious criminals. Although this is probably a fair summation thus far, in this chapter (the last) we suggest several other non-driving related minor offences which might also serve as reliable SSP trigger offences. We do not (and never have) considered SSP a ‘one-trick pony’ and in this chapter we encourage the reader to think about other potential SSP triggers based on their reading of this book. Indeed we go so far as to suggest ways of identifying, planning, developing and testing possible new SSP ideas. As we have said before, to us this book is very much a beginning and not an end, a work in progress in need of fresh input from others, in need of new roads to travel (sorry we’re at it again with the driving analogies, so please forget that line). First, however, we need to deal with the elephant in the room; how to change current police thinking and practice which currently represents a barrier to thinking along SSP lines and incorporating SSP in routine police practice.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jason Roach
    • 1
  • Ken Pease
    • 2
  1. 1.University of HuddersfieldHuddersfieldUK
  2. 2.University College LondonLondonUK

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