Professor Kevin Haggerty, Professor of Sociology and Criminology, University of Alberta Canada
Policing’s visible labors
The police have historically been a ‘low visibility’ occupation, with the work of individual officers occurring beyond the immediate scrutiny of supervisors and out of view of most citizens. In recent years the police’s visible profile has increased significantly. This presentation approaches this development as one instance in a wider politics of visibility, accentuating: 1. how police officers are increasingly visible to the police organization itself, and 2. How new point-‐of-‐view technologies are altering dynamics in policing. The latter development marks both an opportunity and a challenge for the police who seek to capitalize on some of the crime-‐fighting potentials of a camera-‐carrying citizenry while also managing the risks this poses to police legitimacy.
Kevin D. Haggerty is editor of the Canadian Journal of Sociology and book review editor of the international journal Surveillance & Society. He is Professor of sociology and criminology at the University of Alberta and a member of the executive team for the New Transparency Major Collaborative Research Initiative. His recent work has been in the area of surveillance, governance, policing and risk.
In addition to numerous peer reviewed papers he has authored, co-‐authored or co-‐edited Policing the Risk
Society (1997 Oxford University Press) Making Crime Count (2001 University of Toronto Press) and The New Politics of Surveillance and Visibility (2004 University of Toronto Press) Surveillance & Democracy (2008 Routledge) Security Games: Surveillance and Security at Mega-‐Events (2010 Routledge) and the forthcoming the Routledge Handbook of Surveillance Studies (with Kirstie Ball and David Lyon).