This article compares and analyzes the functioning of dialog within police and protester interaction. The question is posed whether dialog is a stratagem for safeguarding the public peace or whether it is a form of symbolic theater. Liaison between police and protest organizers sometimes adopts a ritualistic format as both sides seek information about intentions, numbers, and tactics. Dialog initiatives create opportunities for negotiated arrangements that set parameters and expectations for crowd behavior, limit surprises, and establish some rapport. Swedish Dialog Police are arguably the exemplar of this approach. Although dialog is not a panacea for all police-protester encounters, as limitations are apparent and although some suspicion is inevitable, it is argued that it remains in the self-interest of both police and protesters to facilitate peaceful protest through meaningful dialog, whenever feasible.
|Pages (from-to)||83 - 104|
|Number of pages||22|
|Journal||International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|