Posts Categorised: Law Enforcement

Policing the ‘Middle of Nowhere’: Officer Working Strategies in Isolated Communities

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“Thousands of isolated communities across the globe are policed by officers who confront the challenges posed by distinctive geographic and environmental conditions, and many serve in places with a high proportion of economically and politically marginalized peoples in the population. This study reports the results of a survey soliciting the perceptions of 827 Canadian officers working in Indigenous communities; 260 of whom were deployed in isolated locations.”

Source: Ruddell, R., & Jones, N. A. (2018). Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice and available from this link (subscription journal).

Inquiry into drug law reform

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“There is also growing recognition among governments and the community that greater balance between traditional law enforcement and health‑based responses will have a broader positive effect on the health and safety of communities. This was a driving factor of the Committee’s investigations and its suite of coordinated and innovative reform recommendations. These recommendations acknowledge that while people continue to use substances, whether illicit or pharmaceutical, more needs to be done to minimise the associated harms.”

Source: Parliament of Victoria. Law Reform, Road and Community Safety Committee (2018). Available from this link (open access).

The Police Response to Mass Demonstrations: Promising Practices and Lessons Learned

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“In the last several years, the nature of mass demonstrations in the United States has changed, including the types of issues protested and people’s means of organizing mass demonstrations. People are often protesting police and police actions in addition to economic or social issues. Many demonstrations are no longer planned by established organizations; rather, demonstrations happen more spontaneously and quickly, as individuals interested in certain issues can easily find each other on social media. Demonstrators can also use cell phones to send live video coverage of demonstrations to viewers around the world.”

Source: Police Executive Research Forum (2018). Available from this link (open access).

LEO Near Miss Reporting System


In this podcast, Jim Burch, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at the Police Foundation, discusses the LEO Near Miss System.

Source: COPS Office: The Beat podcasts and available from this link (open access).

Releasing Open Data on Hate Crimes: A Best Practices Guide for Law Enforcement Agencies

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“Even though hate crimes are a particularly harmful classification of offenses, they are not well documented in the United States. Some state and local jurisdictions mandate data collection and reporting on hate crimes, and many nonprofits that serve targeted communities also track related information. A national coalition of journalists and civil rights groups recently launched a project called Documenting Hate, which consolidates verified media reports of both hate crimes and hate incidents. However, this information relies on media coverage, which may not be available for all occurrences of hate crime. As a result, the federal government is the authoritative clearinghouse for hate crime data.”

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

Categories: Law Enforcement

The Justice Project progress report


“The Justice Project is a comprehensive, national review into the state of access to justice in Australia. The Project focuses on justice barriers facing those with significant social and economic disadvantage, as well as identifying what is working to reduce those barriers. We want to take our access to justice crisis out of the realm of numbers and into the realm of lived experience by understanding how our most vulnerable people experience access to justice issues, and what needs to be done to deliver a fairer, more just system which delivers access to justice in Australia.”

Source: Law Council of Australia and available from this link (open access).


Bobbies on the net: a police workforce for the digital age


“As crime changes, police forces must respond. Technological developments in recent decades – most notably the growth of the internet – have digitised traditional forms of crime, providing new opportunities for fraudsters, sex offenders and drug dealers. Technology also creates a new frontline of crime, which previously would not have existed. The implications of the fourth industrial revolution are yet to be fully understood. Today, almost half of crime relies on digital technology, and that is likely to rise.”

Source: Hitchcock, A., Holmes, R., & Sundorph, E. (2017). and available from this link (open access).

Why police in schools won’t reduce youth crime in Victoria

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“The Police Schools Involvement Program was abolished in Victoria in 2006. It is the only state without a police in schools program. In the 12 years since, the youth crime rate in Victoria has remained the lowest of all states in Australia (apart from the ACT) and the number of children involved in offending has dropped.”

Source: Johns, D. (2018). The Conversation and available from this link (open access).

National comparison of cross-agency practice in investigating and responding to severe child abuse

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“This paper was prepared to provide practitioners and policy makers with a national view on cross-agency policies to encourage cross-jurisdictional learning and sharing of approaches. The authors also hope that this paper will lead to a national discussion around effective policies and practices in cross-agency responses. Each state/territory was compared on the characteristics of their response to severe child abuse, arrangements for joint planning, interviewing and investigation, the degree of integration of therapeutic and supportive services, and governance arrangements.”

Source: Herbert, J. & Bromfield, L. (2018). Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) Paper No. 47 and available from this link (open access).

Global systematic review of Indigenous community-led legal interventions to control alcohol


“The national and subnational governments of most developed nations have adopted cost-effective regulatory and legislative controls over alcohol supply and consumption with great success. However, there has been a lack of scrutiny of the effectiveness and appropriateness of these laws in shaping the health-related behaviours of Indigenous communities, who disproportionately experience alcohol-related harm. Further, such controls imposed unilaterally without Indigenous consultation have often been discriminatory and harmful in practice.”

Source: Muhunthan, J. (2017). BMJ Open and available from this link (open access).