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ISBN13: 9781853592133
ISBN: 1853592137
Published: March 1994
Publisher: Multilingual Matters Ltd
Format: paperback (C format)
Price: £12.95

From the author of ""Police of the World"" and ""Dictionary of Police and Criminal Law"", this book examines the obstacles to effective police co-operation in Europe resulting from the lack of a common language and judicial system, and reviews the efforts made in the various countries to overcome these by specific training initiatives, attachments and other means.

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Introduction: Methodology Areas of Concern.
Part 1 The background to the problem: Historical overview; The countries of Europe and their languages; Intercommunication between nations; The effect of 1992; A lingua franca; Cross-border bilingualism; Language acquisition; Policies of the European Community; The experience of multilingual countries.
Part 2 The barrier to effective policing: The police forces of Europe; Adversarial v inquisitorial legal systems; The need for communication and collaboration; Meeting the perceived needs; The question of Ianguage; Professional linguists; Linguage acquisition; Mechanical means of communication; The effect of 1992 on policing policies.
Part 3 Great Britain: The police system in the United Kingdom; The ""front line"".
Part 4 The PoliceSpeak Proiect: History of the project; The frontier; Major Incident Co-ordination Centre; Bilingual Text Messaging Svstem; Binational Emergencv Plan; Cross-Channel Liaison; Basic Principles.
Part 5 France and Germany: France; Germany; Conclusions.
Part 6 The Rest of Europe: Denmark; The Netherlands; Belgium; Italy; Spain; Portugal.
Part 7 Other countries: Switzerland; South Africa; Canada.
Part 8 Summary and conclusions: Post-1992 problems; Methodology; Definitions; Levels of linguistic competence; Co-operation; Tackling the problem. Tables: Percentage of police with working knowledge of other languages; Language(s) of cross-border co-operation; Degree of cross-border co-operation.