In the summer of 2008 I sent out a call to thirty former students from three
semesters between 2000 and 2005, to reflect on what they learned from the
“ride-alongs” with police, whether the project has changed their views on
social order and the state, on the practice of law enforcement, and on the
process of gathering knowledge about social life in general. Ten responded,
and their ideas show that the experience of police ethnography had a
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