Posts Categorised: Law Enforcement

‘It’s about using the full sanction catalogue’: on boundary negotiations in a multi-agency organised crime investigation


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“This study provides a unique empirical window into an inter-organisational investigation against a large organised crime network in Norway. Building on interview data from the participants in the multi-agency investigation team that was summoned for this case, the article discusses co-ordination issues that arise when organisations with different goals and interests collaborate to reach a common goal. The article studies co-ordination from inside of the investigation team and discusses the interchangeable use of criminal and administrative law. While bridging organisational boundaries enable agencies to pool powers, co-ordination across organisations may challenge the protection of sometimes conflicting aims and interests.”

Source: Bjelland, H. F., & Vestby, A. (2017). Policing and Society, available from this link (subscription journal).

Firearm legislation in Australia 21 years after the National Firearms Agreement

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“Four consecutive formal reports have now found that no Australian State or Territory has at any stage fully complied with the 1996 or 2002 firearm resolutions which collectively formed the National Firearms Agreement. In important areas, State and Territory legislation has been blocked or revised to dilute the effect of the NFA. This report, commissioned and funded by Gun Control Australia, finds that on balance, both non-compliance from day one and two decades of political pressure have steadily reduced restrictions and undermined the NFA’s original intent.”

Source: Alpers, P. & Rossetti, A. (2017). and available from this link (open access).

Categories: Law Enforcement

Challenging misconceptions about sexual offending: Creating an evidence-based resource for police and legal practitioners

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“This resource was produced by the Australian Institute of Family Studies on behalf of Victoria Police. Using evidence from the psychological and criminological literature, it addresses some of the common myths and misconceptions about sexual offending, including adult rape and sexual offences as well as child sexual abuse. It provides clear information on what should be considered a misconception, as well as what is considered ‘typical’ and ‘common’ behaviour in both offenders and victims.”

Source: Victoria Police and available from this link (open access).

Categories: Law Enforcement, Police

The Rise and Reach of Transnational Policing

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“Criminologist Professor Ben Bowling explains that as globalised crime and cyber offenses ramp up, policing activities too are increasingly crossing national borders, raising problematic questions around governance and public accountability. Ben also examines issues around stop-and-search police powers in the global context.”

Source: Bowling, Ben (2017). Melbourne University Up Close podcast (40 mins) and available from this link (open access).

Social media is changing the way society works



Carl Miller, Research Director at the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media, Demos speaks about how social media is changing the way society works and the emerging threats to public safety in a digital age.

Source: Miller, C. (2016). Police Foundation (YouTube 23:36) and available from this link (open access).

Policing protest, security and freedom: the 2014 G20 experience


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“This article examines the policing of a major international political event (the G20 Meetings in Brisbane, Australia in 2014) from the perspective of the police and representatives of demonstrator groups who participated in the event. The article locates the policing of the 2014 G20 meetings within the history of the policing of major international political meetings in other countries. It analyses the legal framework within which the policing of the Brisbane G20 meeting was undertaken, comparing and contrasting these with legal frameworks developed for similar meetings and associated demonstrations in other jurisdictions.”

Source: Baker, D., Bronitt, S., & Stenning, P. (2017).  Police Practice and Research, and available from this link (subscription journal).

Categories: Law Enforcement, Police

The police intelligence division-of-labour

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“The article describes the police intelligence division-of-labour paying specific attention to four different aspects of intelligence activity: the acquisition of intelligence or information; the analysis of information in the production of intelligence; tasking and co-ordination on the basis of intelligence ‘product’; or being tasked on that same basis.”

Source: Sheptycki, J. (2017). Policing and Society, and available from this link (open access).

A New Canteen Culture: The Potential to Use Social Media as Evidence in Policing

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“This article suggests that these private narratives offer both the research community and students of policing a new form of knowledge capture and creation, and one that allows insight into the changing nature of the policing sphere. This article explores and promotes both the importance and the implications of innovative practices in relation to the use of social media as police knowledge, offering two examples to support the proposition.”

Source: Hesketh, I., & Williams, E. (2017).  Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, and available from this link (subscription journal).

Police officer understandings of human trafficking and awareness of anti-trafficking measures


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“The purpose of this paper is to explore the police officer understandings of human trafficking and their awareness of relevant anti-trafficking policy and legislation, and identify whether this awareness was confined to particular officer demographics. The study utilised a mixed-methods design, drawing on data from an online survey of 87 police officers from Tasmania.”

Source: Nathan Irwin, (2017). Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 40/2, and available from this link (subscription journal).

Categories: Law Enforcement, Police

Securitising transnational crime: the political drivers of police cooperation between Australia and Indonesia

Grasses/Eva“Why are national police forces increasingly seeking to work together to combat crime? Scholars agree that these cooperative efforts are not simply a response to a growth in transnational crime but debate remains about the broader social and political dynamics involved. Through a case study of the policing relationship between Australia and Indonesia, this article argues that the increasing tendency of governments to frame transnational crime as a security issue is a central driver of international police cooperation. To illustrate this ‘securitising’ discourse, the article discusses various ‘wars on crime’ prosecuted by the two countries since the 1970s.”

Source: McKenzie, M. (2017).  Policing and Society, and available from this link (subscription journal).