Organised crime: origins and projections
Twenty years ago, Tupman opened the second international police congress in the Basque Country in San Sebastian with an overview of the changing nature of crime and the training demands this made on the police. The themes that he picked out were: the shift of the focus from hierarchy to networks; the growth of something new called computer crime, in which he included the theft of intellectual property; the greater prospects for white collar crime and fraud as it was low-risk and high profit; and the growth of product counterfeiting.
A theme raised, but passed over was the growth in political destabilisation and corruption, linked to the problems that the police face in investigating politicians without interference from the powerful. The papers in this special ebook from the Journal of Money Laundering and Control, twenty years on, raise the issue of the relationship between organised crime and government and the problem of policy response.
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