Policing the borders within: Law enforcement in a global age

Research Institution / Organisation

University of Warwick

Principal Researcher

Dr Ana Aliverti

Level of Research

Professional / Work-based

Project Start Date

September 2017

Research Context

​Drawing on a research project on criminal and immigration law enforcement in the West Midlands, this project evaluates the regional joint enforcement operation between the West Midlands Police (WMP) and the Home Office’s Immigration Compliance and Enforcement (ICE) team with the aim of influencing processes and practices, and shape the public debate on this aspect of policing at the regional level.

This is the first academic evaluation of Operation Nexus. Nexus is an enforcement initiative which was first rolled out in London in 2012 by the Metropolitan Police, and has now been expanded nationwide. Nexus aims to bring together operational and intelligence capabilities and resources in the police and immigration services to deal effectively with offending by foreigners, reduce costs involved in pursuing them through the criminal justice system, and enhance public security. This project will analyse the extent to which Operation Nexus is achieving its aims and provide recommendations on how the operation might be improved.

Research Methodology

​The evaluation will gather data through a range of methods:

  • semi-structured and unstructured interviews with police and immigration staff, arrestees and community activists
  • observations of enforcement operations and custody practices,
  • qualitative analysis of police and immigration databases.

Interim reports and publications

​Not available

Date due for completion

August 2018
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