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In service of the truth? An evaluation of the Danish Independent Police Complaints Authority

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In service of the truth? An evaluation of the Danish Independent Police Complaints Authority. / Holmberg, Lars.

I: European Journal of Criminology, Bind 16, Nr. 5, 2019, s. 592-611.

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Holmberg, L 2019, 'In service of the truth? An evaluation of the Danish Independent Police Complaints Authority', European Journal of Criminology, bind 16, nr. 5, s. 592-611. https://doi.org/10.1177/1477370819856514

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Holmberg, L. (2019). In service of the truth? An evaluation of the Danish Independent Police Complaints Authority. European Journal of Criminology, 16(5), 592-611. https://doi.org/10.1177/1477370819856514

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Holmberg L. In service of the truth? An evaluation of the Danish Independent Police Complaints Authority. European Journal of Criminology. 2019;16(5):592-611. https://doi.org/10.1177/1477370819856514

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Holmberg, Lars. / In service of the truth? An evaluation of the Danish Independent Police Complaints Authority. I: European Journal of Criminology. 2019 ; Bind 16, Nr. 5. s. 592-611.

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