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2014-07-07 12:27

COMPOSITE conference "Good Leaderships in Times of Change – Empirical Findings and Suggestions for Police Leaders" by Kate Horton

COMPOSITE's final conference on "Good Leaderships in Times of Change – Empirical Findings and Suggestions for Police Leaders" on 12 and 13 June 2014 in Rotterdam (the Netherlands)

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2014-07-03 13:45

"Police is regain control by using twitter and Co."

COMPOSITE researcher were interviewed about their research on "police & social media".

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Looking at the achievements and planning future steps

2011-11-07 17:46

COMPOSITE invites members of Strategic Advisory Board to first meeting in Rotterdam

The members of the Strategic Advisory Board of COMPOSITE met for their first official meeting to hear and discuss the results of the first year’s research of COMPOSITE. The meeting was organized by project coordinator Dr. Gabriele Jacobs and her team of the Erasmus University Rotterdam.


In the evening of October 20th, the members of the Strategic Advisory Board as well as the members of the End User Board were welcomed by the Dutch Minister of Security and Justice Ivo Opstelten in the beautiful Citizens’ Hall of the Rotterdam City Hall. The Deputy Mayor of Rotterdam Jantine Kriens also extended her welcome to the Board representing the mayor and the city of Rotterdam.


In his speech, Minister Opstelten underlined the message that "for good political and managerial decisions we need to know things from one another." Knowledge-sharing among governing bodies, scientists and practitioners is therefore of vital importance. "We need to make sure the special conditions of the police forces are understood. This project enables us to get a deeper understanding of the general and contextual factors that matter for policing within Europe.”


The Strategic Advisory Board is a group of senior policy makers and police chiefs within the participating countries who ensure the strategic link between the project and the police forces in the participating country. They make sure that the deliverables fit with the countries policing vision. They also have the executive authority to create awareness about the project and its results at very strategic (often nation-wide) levels and stimulate that the deliverables of the project will be used in the management of the police forces. The strategic advisory board meets in a plenary fashion with the project management team once every year.


Lively discussions in a beautiful atmosphere


The researchers of COMPOSITE presented the results of the first year of COMPOSITE to the Advisory Board and the End User Board. At the welcome dinner in the Citizen’s Hall, the leader of Work Package 1 Dr. Arjan van den Born from the University of Utrecht handed over a freshly printed copy of the brochure “Policing Opportunities and Threats” to Minister Opstelten. Project coordinator Dr. Gabriele Jacobs stressed the importance of this unique research endeavour, combining the expertise of 15 research teams from ten European countries in a multi-level and multi-disciplinary approach to better understand the workings of change processes in police forces all over Europe.



“In addition to theoretical insights, COMPOSITE’s first year has already generated practical insights,” adds Gabriele Jacobs. “Until now, police forces all over Europe are, to a large extent, unaware of initiatives, discussions, topics and what is going on in police forces in other countries in general.”


In the COMPOSITE project, researchers, police forces, and policy makers have joined hands to fill this void. “The knowledge is not only vital to generate trust and understanding, and facilitate co-operation, but also to stimulate sensible organisational change initiatives based on tested best practices.”


The working session on October 21st was opened by Rector Magnificus of Erasmus University Rotterdam, Professor Henk Schmidt on board the impressive ocean liner SS Rotterdam. This meeting provided an excellent opportunity to discuss the findings of the Work Packages 1, 2 and 4 as well as the perspectives of Work Packages 4 and 6. In the coming year, researchers will examine how changes in the external environment affect the internal strengths of police forces. The main focus will be on knowledge-sharing and developments in the IT sector.


Dr. Les Graham presents the next steps of work package 2

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