Vos papiers s’il vout plait – is the demand made by police officers across Europe. This podcast is about this controversial police practice, to stop citizens, check their papers and perhaps search them. We will explore the way it is done, the experience of being stopped and how to ensure that it is done fairly and appropriately.

Episode 5

In the fifth episode, Dr Lucas Melgaço interviews Dr Fieke Jansen (just before she defended her doctoral thesis) on her research on data-driven policing, where she reflects on how the datafication of society changes the understanding of police power, crime and justice. She offers her insights on how technology and data are used in everyday operations of policing, on the concepts of predictive policing and data legitimacy, and on how critical realism has been applied in her doctoral research.

Episode 4

In the fourth episode, Dr Randi Solhjell talks to Markus Himanen about police stop & search in Finland and Norway. What is the specific context in both countries and how is the issue reflected in the public debate? What are the controversies related to police stops governance in the Nordic countries?

Episode 3

In the third episode, Dr Mike Rowe talks to PhD researcher Winnie Agnew-Pauley about her comparative study on the use of police stop and search between Australia and the UK. They discuss the strengths and challenges of doing a comparative research in this area, how it has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and what she can take back to Australia from her field observations in the UK.

Episode 2

In the second episode, young researchers Estelle Clayton and Sharda Murria discuss their research on the use of body worn video in stop and search as a means of strengthening accountability and procedural justice and on the stop and search reform in Scotland, in particular the changes effected in the last few years. They reflect on the differences between England and Wales and Scotland and on how the spirit of procedural justice is embedded (or not) in police practices.

Episode 1

This first episode features a discussion between Prof Sofie De Kimpe and Dr Mike Rowe who reflect on the concept of police stops, the history of research on this topic, and introduce the Police Stops COST Action, a project that explores police stops across Europe as practiced, as experienced and as they affect the wider society.

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Special thanks to Lendl Barcelos for creating the sound identity and to Maxim Baraliuc for creating the cover art.