Posts Categorised: Police

Police perceptions of young people: a qualitative analysis


“Police views of young people inform the way they exercise discretion over this group. However, few studies have sought to formally document and examine police views of young people. The limited existing research is also mostly dated. This article begins to address this gap in the literature by presenting the results of semi-structured qualitative interviews with 41 police officers from Queensland, Australia. Stemming from a larger study of Police-Citizens Youth Clubs and using a grounded theory approach to data analysis, the article demonstrates the key ways in which police conceptualised young people.”

Source: Richards, K., Cross, C., & Dwyer, A. (2018). Police Practice and Research, and available from this link (subscription journal).

Contact is a stronger predictor of attitudes toward police than race: a state-of-the-art review

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“This scoping review thoroughly scanned research on race, contacts with police and attitudes toward police. An exploratory meta-analysis then assessed the strength of their associations and interaction in Canada and the USA. Key knowledge gaps and specific future research needs, synthetic and primary, were identified. The paper aims to discuss these issues.”

Source: Alberton, A. & Gorey, K. (2018). Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, and available from this link (subscription journal).

Complexity and systemic organizational redirection

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“The purpose of this paper is to assess the effects of officers’ perceptions of complexity in merging organizational change components (culture, mission, values, decentralization, policies and procedures, administrative reporting practices, weapons, contract, pay, benefits, patrol boundaries, equalization of workload, size of boundaries, communications, 10-codes, and car numbers) during a major metropolitan police department consolidation.”

Source: Reed, J. C., & Higgins, G. E. (2018). Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, and available from this link (subscription journal).

Leadership, life and legacy

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“Prior to joining Qantas, Steve Jackson enjoyed a career with the Australian Federal Police spanning some 21 years during which time he played key command roles across a wide range of policing functions. Steve was the AFP’s operational commander for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and the AFP’s Field Commander during the joint AFP/Indonesian National Police investigation following the Bali bombings in 2002. Steve was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his work in Indonesia. Between 1979 and 1982, Steve served as a Commissioned Officer in Royal Navy (UK). Steve Jackson has a long and distinguished history of service to his country. As he approaches the end of his working life, Steve is contemplating his legacy.”  Vale Steve Jackson 1960-2018.

Source:  Jackson, S. (2017). TEDxCanberra and available from this link (open access).

Categories: Leadership, Police

Categories: Leadership, Learning, Police

PEEL: Police leadership 2017

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In PEEL 2017 (our annual all-force assessment), leadership was assessed at a force level as part of the efficiency and legitimacy reports (published in autumn 2017), and effectiveness reports (to be published in spring 2018). This report pulls together the findings on leadership from these inspections, and provides a national overview. Leadership, both as a skill and as a way of thinking, is important at every level of policing; it does not only apply at the most senior levels. Through our inspections, we assessed how forces develop and show good leadership throughout policing, not just whether senior members of the workforce are good leaders.

Source: Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Service (HMICFRS) and available from this link (open access).

Serving from the top: police leadership for the twenty-first century


“In part, the police service sees the drive for professionalisation as assisting in providing an efficient and effective answer to the challenges ahead. Previous approaches to leadership styles, based upon hierarchy and rank, may not be the best approach for leaders in such a dynamic and professional organisation. The purpose of this paper is to argue for a debate and a rethink regarding the leadership styles employed by the police in their current role in the context of the influx of new graduate officers.”

Source: Martin, H. C., Rogers, C., Samuel, A. J., & Rowling, M. (2017). International Journal of Emergency Services, and available from this link (subscription journal).

Categories: Leadership, Police

Report on Government Services 2018

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The annual Report on Government Services (RoGS) provides information on the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of government services in Australia. Two sections of interest to the public safety sector: Part C: Justice and Part D: Emergency Management

Source: Australia. Productivity Commission and available from this link (open access).

A Federation of Clutter: The Bourgeoning Language of Vulnerability in Australian Policing Policies


“The policing of vulnerability has been under close scrutiny for over 30 years, with an increasing array of government and non-government services contributing their own areas of expertise to assist in solving these ‘wicked’ issues. Yet, the burgeoning lists of who constitutes a vulnerable person, and the haphazard and localised development of strategies, have left little room for policy and practice transfer across vulnerability attributes, let alone jurisdictions.”

Howes, L. M., Bartkowiak-Théron, I., & Asquith, N. L. (2017). In Policing Encounters with Vulnerability (pp. 89-117). Chapter available on request for AIPM students.


Categories: Police, Policy

Police Effectiveness in a Changing World: Slough site report

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“Throughout the project we drew on the wider evidence-base on police effectiveness to promote local partnerships, to better deal with the ‘changing world’ and to find sustainable solutions to local crime problems. Most importantly we sought to learn lessons from the process of working with forces on the ground.”

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