Contemporary policing involves different tiers of government (from local to international) and different specialist agencies (from wildlife to drug enforcement). Domestic police services include and engage with a wide range of organizations, with distinct responsibilities, spheres of expertise, and missions. The complexity of transnational crime and the proliferation of agencies mean that issues of interagency cooperation loom large, as do questions of resources, collaboration, and capacity.

Specific problems demand specific kinds of responses, and a one-size-fits-all policy is rarely adequate to the task. This applies as much to the policing of transnational crime as to policing of other types of crime. One of the initial questions to be asked is who is actually going to do the policing in relation to which specific crimes? In many ...

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