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Encyclopedia of Networked and Virtual Organizations
A network that comprises people, computers, and/or methods organized to collect, process, transmit, and disseminate data.
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VO as an Alternative to Hierarchy in the Dutch Police Sector
Peter Groenewegen (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and F. Pieter Wagenaar (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 7
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-885-7.ch245
The Dutch police system is neither centralized nor fully decentralized, as it consists of “regions” bigger than the municipalities, but smaller than most provinces. These regions are to a large degree autonomous. Such autonomy implies that regional police forces could not communicate with each other in the recent past, as their communication systems differed. They were also unable to look into each other’s files, as national police registries were extremely rare. Fragmentation of this kind has seriously hindered cooperation in the recent past.
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