This study explores differences between countries with high and low proportions of officers who are female. Qualitatively comparing these countries, several distinctions emerged between countries with a small percentage (< 5%) of female police (Albania, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Japan) and countries with a high percentage (> 18%) of female police (Estonia, Slovenia, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom). Four of the five low percentage countries are located in Asia, with a higher population density, homicide rate and economic inequality (as measured by the Gini Index) than most of the countries with a high percentage of female officers.
Source: Gibbs, J., Ruiz, J. & Klapper-Lehman, S. (2015). International Journal of Police Science & Management, 17(3), and available for AIPM staff and students from this link.
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The Criminal Justice Sector Reform Council (South Australia) has agreed on five specific projects with the potential to increase productivity across the sector. One of these projects involves the development of a set of Performance Measures across the criminal justice sector as a whole that can best assist and inform the Council, the criminal justice system and the community. As a result of this project, the Council have agreed to a set of 28 measures being developed.
Source: South Australia. Attorney-General’s Department. (2015). Available from this link.
This article charts the rise of evidence-based policing and considers whether it could be taken a step further, by developing consideration of police effectiveness into that of cost-effectiveness. The use of ‘Quality Adjusted Life Years’ (QALY) methodology in the UK in the arena of drugs approval for use by the National Health Service, is considered as a model which might be transferable to policing.
Source: Heaton, R. & Tong, S. (2015). Policing, and available for AIPM staff and students from this link.
The Crime Reduction toolkit provides easy access to the crime reduction evidence base, allowing users to weigh up evidence on the impact, cost and implementation of different interventions and use this to help shape their crime reduction efforts. Over 300 systematic reviews, covering 60 different crime reduction interventions, have been identified and will be added to the online tool over time, with CCTV, street lighting and prison visits to deter young offenders (commonly referred to as ‘scared straight’ programmes) among the first 14 topics included in the initial launch.
Source: What works in Crime Reduction and available from this link.
Collins Beach, Manly
“Winning sites in the 2015 Best of the Web competition tend to use simple, high-image, low-text designs; prioritize accessibility and mobility; and start with a design philosophy that puts the user first.” All government sites are from USA.
Source: Wood, C. (2015). Government technology and available from this link.
In his first speech streamed live to the broader Australian Public Service, Digital Transformation Office CEO Paul Shetler shared his vision for a truly digital Australian government. He encourages us all to put the user first, to be agile, commit to continuous improvement and find ways to prioritise and fast track delivery of services.
Source: Shetler, P. (2015). Australia. Dept of Communications and available from this link. [Podcast 51 mins]
Coral Tree flower, Collins Beach
Report of the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland, chaired by The Honourable Quentin Bryce AD CVO. The Taskforce’s role has been to define the domestic and family violence landscape in Queensland, and make recommendations to inform the development of a long term vision and strategy for Government and the community, to rid our state of this insidious form of violence.
Source: Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland and available from this link.
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What are the skills and competencies that people in public service roles require? What values and behaviours do they need to display? How do they develop effective careers and make space to reflect on practice? What training, toolkits and other resources are available to support these processes? This is the portal for research on the 21st Century Public Servant based at the University of Birmingham. The research is led by Catherine Needham and Catherine Mangan, working in partnership with Helen Dickinson from the University of Melbourne.
Source: 21st Century Public Servant portal available from this link.
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The National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre’s Age Management Toolkit is designed for each employer to tailor the best age management initiatives according to an organisation’s individual strategic goals, its size and age profile. As there are many and significant differences within and between organisations, employers, employees and across various sectors, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution. The toolkit comprises evidence-based information, resources, guidelines and good practice examples that have been sourced from a wide range of leading national and international agencies and expert bodies specialising in the fields of employment, management and workforce ageing.
Source: National Seniors Australia and available from this link.
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A contested question in the international policing literature is whether it is possible to undertake effective anti-terrorism community policing. The NSW Police Force’s Counter Radicalisation Strategy involved a community engagement initiative that used community liaison officers, mostly working with Sydney Muslim communities. This study reviews the success of this initiative, drawing on data from a survey of Sydney Muslims.
Source: Dunn, K. et al. (2015). Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, available for AIPM staff and students from this link.