When the gendarmerie becomes participatory: Figures of neighborhood watch volunteers in France

Participations in law and order
By Eleonora Elguezabal

Neighborhood watch schemes have spread in France over the last decade, particularly in rural and peri-urban areas under the jurisdiction of the gendarmerie, through partnerships between local authorities and public police forces. Is this proof of the opening of the police towards the community, or a case of vigilantism ? Regarding crime prevention, are participatory schemes conservative or reformative ? Involvements in neighborhood watch schemes are explored through fieldwork carried out among volunteers.

  • participatory tools
  • neighborhood watch
  • gendarmerie
  • Involvements
  • France
  • “Citizen participation” protocol
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