Prantsuse politseid peetakse Mandri-Euroopa politseistiili musternäidiseks, st riigikeskses valitsemissüsteemis nähakse politseid jõuvahendina. Siin loos näidatakse nii politseiüksuste erinevat suhet konkreetse territooriumiga (sh kogukond) kui ka ühe ja sama praktika (stpo-and-search) erinevaid kasutusnüansse. Kasulik lugu nii politseiorganisatsiooni, valitsemiskultuuri kui politseistrateegiate mõistmiseks.

“We examined the policing styles of French officers, focusing on their use of discretionary stops. […] although French police officers may at times resort to de-escalation strategies, and even prove to be good listeners, their preferred action style remains mostly proactive and confrontational, within an organisational culture in which ID checks are considered a legitimate tool. […] this work enabled us to identify a number of practices, some more proactive and/or confrontational than others, across a wide range of units. Police-secours units, BACs (anti-crime squads), GSPs (proximity security groups) and BSTs (specialised field squads) do not entertain the same type of relationship to the territory they are in charge of, nor do they have the same mandate or fight the same type of crime – as a consequence, their ID check strategies differ. In certain areas, up to five or six different units may be operating in parallel, which shows that street policing action is much more partitioned than in other Eur- opean countries, such as the UK or Germany.”

de Maillard, J., & Zagrodzki, M. (2021). Styles of policing and police–public interactions: The question of stop-and-search by police units in France. International Journal of Police Science & Management. https://doi.org/10.1177/1461355720980768