Research Group Governing and  Policing Security (GaPS), Ghent University, and the Centre for Policing and Security (CPS) organize


Debate with Professor James Sheptycki:

"Let’s talk about information flows in policing"

27th September 2016, Casa Rosa, Kammerstraat 22,9000 Gent

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Every day we are confronted with the fact that information flows and the exchange of information and intelligence are critical success factors in every police organization. It is essential to be able to develop a police policy at a strategic and tactical level and to effectively manage the police. Furthermore, it is crucial to get the right information at the right time on the right place to the right person during daily police operations.

So let’s talk about information flows in policing and exchange your ideas and experiences on this topic.



19u00: Welcome and introduction (ENG) download ppt presentation
Gerritjan Maes, Police Chief of the Local Police Zone Wetteren-Laarne-Wichelen


19u15: Presentation on “Information flows in the police organization: what is going on inside the machine?” (ENG)  
James Sheptycki
, Professor in the Department of Social Science at York University in Toronto, Canada

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CV James Sheptycki

The transnational policing scholar Sheptycki takes the reader inside the “machine” to explore “information flows in the police organization”. In doing so he makes use of Donald Rumsfeld’s now classic distinction between “known knowns”, “known unknowns” and “unknown unknowns” to provide a trenchant analysis of the dilemmas and challenges facing 21st Century police organizations. Ultimately in facing these challenges, Sheptycki concludes, police organizations have little choice but to base their strategies on the deep learning, centred in discretion, that have always enabled and defined “good policing”. 


20u00: Debate with the audience (ENG) initiated by

Stanny De Vlieger, judicial director at the Federal Police of Antwerp;

Arne Dormaels, senior researcher at the Innovation Centre for Security;

Marleen Easton, Professor in the Department ‘Public Governance, Management & Finance’ at Ghent University.

Topics to be discussed are: translation to policing in Belgium, implications for the future of intelligence-led policing, lessons learned from the implementation of new information technologies in policing, links to Belgian research in this field,…

Download text: Easton, M., Vynckier, G., De Kimpe, S. (2009). Reflections on the possible integration of intelligence led policing into community policing
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21u00: Drinks & snacks, networking (ENG/NL)

Drinks at the Bar of Casa Rosa
Selection of home made North Sea shrimp croquettes, Gandaham croquettes and cheese croquettes by Bubba Croquettes

22u00: End


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Programma activiteiten (onder voorbehoud)

  • 14 februari 2019: Cahiers op de campus: Seminar en openbare les: Onderwijs en opleiding van de politie, Den Haag (gratis deelname) VOLZET !
  • 28 februari 2019: Studiedag ‘Politie in een federale staat. Nieuwe inzichten in de politiestructuur’, Poliscenter (RAC – Polis Center), Brussel
  • 22 maart 2019:  Studiedag: Een gedeeld beroepsgeheim voor politie en hulpverlening: vanzelf sprekend?, PAC Het Zuid, Gent
  • 16 mei 2019: Studiemiddag Cahiers op de campus: ‘Intrafamiliaal geweld’, Avans Hogeschool Den Bosch (NL)
  • 17 september 2019: Internationale conferentie ter gelegenheid van 30 jaar CPS: ‘Street policing in a smart society’ (ENG), Universiteit Gent + jubileumfeest
  • Studiedag over de schaalgrootte van de politiezones (onder voorbehoud van bevestiging)
  • Studiedag over bestuurlijke handhaving (onder voorbehoud van bevestiging)
  • Oktober 2019 Seminaries over de implementatie van de CP3 (organisatiebeheersing politie)
  • November 2019: Studiedag ‘Just another digital day at the police office’ 
  • November 2019: Studiedag ‘Drugbeleid voor evenementen’ 
  • December 2019: Studiedag over organisatiecultuur
  • December 2019: Studiedag over horizontaal toezicht

Voorbije activiteiten

Structureel partnership 2019

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