Posts Categorised: Police

Multi-site musculoskeletal pain in Swedish police: associations with discomfort from wearing mandatory equipment and prolonged sitting


“Musculoskeletal disorders are considered as a major issue affecting the health and well-being of active duty police. Discomfort from wearing mandatory equipment and sitting for long periods of time in fleet vehicles are workload factors linked to musculoskeletal disorders in police. This study aims to determine the prevalence of multi-site musculoskeletal pain among Swedish police and to explore the possible association to discomfort experience when wearing mandatory equipment and sitting for long periods in fleet vehicles.”

Source: Larsen, L. B., Andersson, E. E., Tranberg, R., & Ramstrand, N. (2018). International archives of occupational and environmental health, and available from this link (open access).

Procedural justice training for police recruits: results of a randomized controlled trial

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“Procedural justice training for police officers is designed to improve officers’ interactions with the public. Aside from the fact that it is a given that citizens deserve to be treated in a fair manner by authorities such as the police, it is expected, based on the literature, that if the police act in a procedurally just manner they will be seen as more legitimate and citizens will subsequently be more willing to cooperate or comply with them. The present study was designed to evaluate the impact of a specifically designed procedural justice knowledge and skills-based training program on newly recruited police officers’ attitudes and interactions with the public.”

Source: Antrobus, E., Thompson, I. & Ariel, B. (2018). J Exp Criminol and available available from this link (subscription journal).

Interagency collaboration models for people with mental ill health in contact with the police: a systematic scoping review


“We identified 13 different interagency collaboration models catering for a range of mental health-related interactions. All but one of these models involved the police and mental health services or professionals. Several models have sufficient literature to warrant full systematic reviews of their effectiveness, whereas others need robust evaluation, by randomised controlled trial where appropriate. Future evaluations should focus on health-related outcomes and the impact on key stakeholders.”

Source: Parker, A., Scantlebury, A., Booth, A., MacBryde, J. C., Scott, W. J., Wright, K., & McDaid, C. (2018). BMJ open, and available from this link (open access).

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).

A step towards improving workflow practices for volume crime investigations: outcomes of a 90-day trial in South Australia


“The South Australia End to End 90-Day Trial: facilitating quicker justice through timely evidence processing, is a collaborative approach between South Australia Police and Forensic Science South Australia. This trial applied evidence-based policing principles, a law enforcement philosophy that uses research undertaken with scientific processes to inform law-enforcement decision-making. The results demonstrate how a review of processes and the removal of non-value adding activities can improve service delivery while not exhausting those ‘finite resources’.”

Source: Brown, C. M., Clark, Y., Julian, R., & Kelty, S. (2018).  Police Practice and Research, and available from this link (subscription journal)

Can experience be evidence? Craft knowledge and evidence-based policing

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“This article explores the use of evidence and varieties of knowledge in police decision making. It surveys official government policy, demonstrating that evidence-based policymaking is the dominant policy-making paradigm in the United Kingdom. It discusses the limits to social science knowledge in policymaking. The article explores four ideas associated with the notion of ‘experience’: occupational culture, institutional memory, local knowledge and craft, drawing on data from four UK police forces. We discuss the limits to experiential knowledge and conclude that experience is crucial to evidence-based policing and decision-making because it is the key to weaving the varieties of knowledge together.”

Source: Fleming, J., & Rhodes, R. (2018). Policy & Politics, and available from this link (open access).

Categories: Learning, Police

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).

Beyond Triple Zero: towards a digital, proactive emergency response

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“Research by the Australian Communications and Media Authority shows that in Australia in 2017, around 70% of emergency calls came from mobile phones, with 14% of Australians making at least one call to Triple Zero (000) between January and June 2017. To dispatch the appropriate emergency services (Police, Fire or Ambulance), the emergency operator has to know the caller’s location with an appropriate level of accuracy. This can be problematic, especially in a situation of extreme distress, and when the caller is unfamiliar with their surroundings – for example, in a remote area or where a street number is not immediately visible.”

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

Performance Managing Risks in the NSW public sector: Risk culture and capability

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“Senior management communicates the importance of managing risk to their staff, and there are many examples of risk management being integrated into daily activities’, the Auditor-General said. We did find that three of the agencies we examined could strengthen their culture so that all employees feel comfortable speaking openly about risks. To support innovation, senior management could also do better at communicating to their staff the levels of risk they are willing to accept.”

Source: Audit Office of NSW and available from this link (open access).

Rescue, Response, and Resilience: A Critical Incident Review of the Orlando Public Safety Response to the Attack on the Pulse Nightclub

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“On June 12, 2016, what began as an active shooter incident when a lone gunman entered the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and began shooting innocent clubgoers transitioned into a barricaded suspect with hostages incident and ended as the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil since September 11, 2001. One hundred two innocent people had been shot: 53 injured and 49 killed. The decisions made and actions taken by the men and women of the Orlando Police Department (OPD) and Orlando’s other law enforcement agencies embody the bravery, strength, and professionalism of our nation’s law enforcement and public safety first responders as well as the strength of the Orlando community.”

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