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Interview with Dave Grant, Former Associate Administrator of FEMA’s Mission Support Bureau

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“It is…important for senior government leaders who are moving on from public service to share their reflections on the work they did and the missions they pursued. Dave Grant, Former Associate Administrator of FEMA’s Mission Support Bureau reflects on his public service career and his leadership roles.”

Source: The Business of Government Hour and available from this link (open access).

Diversity and inclusion in Australian policing: Where are we at and where should we go?

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“While the promotion of women in policing has long been on the international agenda, in the Australian context a significant increase in attention to women in policing has occurred in recent years, framed largely in terms of the business benefits commonly associated with organisational diversity. Notably, major independent reviews of organisational culture and sex discrimination have been commissioned by Victoria Police, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and South Australia Police, and a number of jurisdictions have announced 50/50 male-female recruitment targets.”

McLeod, A. (2018). AIPM Research Focus and available from this link (open access).

Counterterrorism Yearbook 2018

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The Yearbook “is a comprehensive resource for academics and policymakers to build on their knowledge of counterterrorism developments in countries and regions around world. Each chapter in the Yearbook is written by internationally renowned subject matter and regional experts, who provide their insight and commentary on counterterrorism policy, legislation, operations and strategy for a specific country/region, concerning the year in review, and looking at challenges for the year ahead.”

Source: Kfir, I., Patel, S. & Batt, M. (2018). Australian Strategic Policy Institute and available from this link (open access).

Avoiding Theoretical Stagnation: A Systematic Review and Framework for Measuring Public Value

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“The current study systematically reviews the growing literature on public value measurement to identify, evaluate, and synthesise available measures. Through a qualitative synthesis of the themes present in published measures, we identify four key components for measuring public value that appear to be important across a range of policy and national contexts. Our review identifies a promising framework that could be used to structure a comprehensive measure of public value and, in doing so, provides a means to progress theoretical development and testing of the public value approach.”

Source: Faulkner, N., & Kaufman, S. (2018). Australian Journal of Public Administration, and available from this link (open access).

Citizens in policing: the lived reality of being a Police Support Volunteer


“The focus of this article is the Police Support Volunteer (PSV), a brand of non-warranted and usually non-uniformed volunteer that was introduced in England and Wales from the 1990s onwards. The article draws on participatory action research with PSVs in Lancashire Constabulary. The background to greater use of volunteers within policing is discussed with particular reference to the political projects of austerity and responsibilisation – the later involving calls for citizens to take greater responsibility for their own safety and security.”

Source: Millie, A. (2018). Policing and Society, and available from this link (subscription journal).

Categories: Police, Volunteers

The Organizational and Practical Considerations of Starting a Crime Analysis Unit: A Case Study of a Midwestern Police Department


“This article examines the start-up of a crime analysis unit in a large, Midwest police department in 2015. Using a case study analysis, the article examines some of the early successes and the potential pitfalls of a new crime analysis unit. Specifically, the article will examine the importance of culture change, the recruitment and selection of crime analysts, and the ongoing effort to provide value to department customers, as well as the community.”

Source: Dolly, C., & Shawver, B. (2018). Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice and available from this link (subscription journal).

Feeling the Heat? Management Reform and Workforce Diversity in the English Fire Service


“Reforms of human resource management practices were regarded as a key policy tool in the drive to make fire brigades more representative of, and responsive to, the communities that they serve. HRM reform was largely undertaken through the introduction of the Integrated Personal Development System, which sought to reduce the ambiguity around the roles of all fire service staff at every stage in their professional development, from entry to retirement. Crucially, the IPDS was introduced to ensure career progression was linked to ability rather than rank and hierarchical position.”

Source: Murphy P., Greenhalgh K. (eds.). Fire and Rescue Services: Leadership and Management Perspectives. More about the ebook see this link. Chapter available on request for AIPM staff and students.

Unconscious Bias Training: The ‘Silver Bullet’ for Gender Equity?

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“We argue that the popularity of unconscious bias training invites agencies to view this practice as a ‘silver bullet’ to achieve gender equity, but that its effectiveness is likely to be limited unless accompanied by sustained interventions to address discrimination. Further, the impacts of unconscious bias training need to be rigorously evaluated to assess whether government resources are being effectively utilised. Consistent with international research, such an evaluation may reveal that unconscious bias training has unintended negative consequences, but that the training can be improved to reduce these consequences.”

Source: Williamson, S. and Foley, M. (2018). Australian Journal of Public Administration, and available from this link  (subscription journal).

Understanding the Limits of Technology’s Impact on Police Effectiveness

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“In this article, we present findings from a mixed-methods, multiagency study that examines factors that may mediate the connection between technology adoption and outcome effectiveness in policing. We find that police view technology through technological and organizational frames determined by traditional and reactive policing approaches. These frames may limit technology’s potential in the current reform era and cause unintended consequences.”

Source: Lum, C., Koper, C. S., & Willis, J. (2017). Police Quarterly, and available from this link (subscription journal).

Frontline online : Smarter blue light services


“Emergency services are swimming in data from the 10 million incidents emergency services respond to each year. Smart technology, such as electronic health records, videos from drones and augmented reality glasses, can empower first respondents to assess the situation en route to incidents and most effectively decide on courses of action. Mobile technology can then identify individuals through biometric data and provide links to follow-up services. This paper is sponsored by Motorola Solutions.”

Source: Timms, S. (2018). and available from this link (open access).