This book is a collection of observations around several themes that hinge on uncertainty and trust in policing as they illuminate the changes in policing over the last thirty years. Much has been made of the role of the media, politics, the new information technologies, and the apparent changes associated with community policing. This chapter considers the role of increasing abstraction as it bears on the changing pattern of police work. Insofar as abstraction is the central driving force in the analysis of new crimes, and new forms of crime—terrorism, bioterrorism, cybercrimes, and computer-based crimes—it is essential that police understand the power of abstraction.
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