Professor Alex Vitale: "The End of Policing"

An open seminar by visiting Professor Alex Vitale, Brooklyn College

  • Thu 28 Nov 19

    13:00 - 14:30

  • Colchester Campus


  • Event speaker

    Professor Alex Vitale

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Sociology, Department of

  • Contact details

    Centre for Criminology

Join the Centre for Criminology from the Department of Sociology for an insightful open seminar with Professor Alex Vitale entitled The End of Policing.


Professor Alex Vitale is Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College and a Visiting Professor at London Southbank University. He has spent the last 25 years writing about policing and consults both police departments and human rights organisations internationally. He also serves on the New York State Advisory Committee of the US Commission on Civil Rights.

Professor Vitale is the author of City of Disorder: How the Quality of Life Campaign Transformed New York Politics and The End of Policing. His academic writings on policing have appeared in Policing and Society, Police Practice and Research, Mobilisation, and Contemporary Sociology. He is also a frequent essayist, whose writings have appeared in The NY Times, NY Daily NewsThe NationVice NewsJacobin, and USA Today

Alex Vitale’s book ‘The end of policing’ attempts to spark public discussion by revealing the tainted origins of modern policing as a tool of social control. It shows how the expansion of police authority is inconsistent with community empowerment, social justice—even public safety. Drawing on groundbreaking research from across the world, and covering virtually every area in the increasingly broad range of police work, Alex Vitale demonstrates how law enforcement has come to exacerbate the very problems it is supposed to solve. In contrast, there are places where the robust implementation of policing alternatives—such as legalisation, restorative justice, and harm reduction—has led to reductions in crime, spending, and injustice. The best solution to bad policing may be an end to policing.

This seminar is part of an open seminar series, hosted by the Department of Sociology and Centre for Criminology

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