Canadian Policing Research Catalogue

Criminal networks [electronic resource] / by Vincent Lemieux.

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Canadian Policing Research Catalogue



Alternate Title

Réseaux criminels.



Includes bibliographical references.


1 online resource (22 p.)


Issued also in French under the title: Réseaux criminels.


This report on criminal networks is divided into three parts dealing with the following elements: 1) Criminal organizations are both networks and businesses. This report, however, deals more with criminal networks than with businesses. 2) Criminal organizations, when viewed as networks, have characteristics common to other social networks, but also have specific characteristics that largely relate to the fact that these organizations are criminal businesses. 3) The self-protection measures undertaken by criminal networks, as well as the limiting of knowledge, make combatting the networks difficult. The fact remains, however, that strategic elements for this fight have been suggested by criminal network specialists.


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Criminal businesses and networks. -- The characteristics of criminal networks. -- Size of the networks. -- Loose couplings and weak ties. -- The nature of ties. -- The central actors. -- Communication and control. -- Redundancy in networks. -- The various roles in a criminal network. -- Combatting criminal networks. -- Self-protection in criminal networks. -- Limited knowledge of criminal networks. -- Some strategic elements. -- Conclusion.

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