Research Projects

CURRENT PROJECTS

What do we want from police leaders?

This research examines the policing environment in the UK, US and Australia and asks what is needed from police leaders in contemporary society. Drawing on documentary and qualitative data this work provides greater understanding about the needs of police leadership across the globe, as well as an assessment of the extent to which current development opportunities achieve these ends. Further, within the AIPM, this work contributes to the ongoing development of our suite of police leadership programs.

An evaluation of police leader development

Utilising a range of qualitative and quantitative measures, the impact of leadership development opportunities available through the AIPM are being assessed. The aim of this research is to contribute to the ongoing development of the suite of leadership development programs accessible through the AIPM.

Australia New Zealand Police Leadership Strategy

In February 2013 the AIPM embarked on the Australia and New Zealand Police Leadership Strategy (ANZPLS) which is a development program for senior police. An action research evaluation was designed to run alongside the ANZPLS, to inform its evolution. Utilising a range of qualitative and quantitative measures, the process and outcomes of the ANZPLS will continue to be assessed.

Leadership capacity building in the Pacific – Papua New Guinea

The AIPM is involved in developing police leaders across the Pacific. Recently the AIPM concluded an evaluation of leadership development in the Solomon Islands. Now the AIPM is conducting an evaluation of leadership development in Papua New Guinea. Drawing on qualitative and quantitative data, this work examines the impact of the Leadership Development Program.

Policing and public health

This ongoing body of work, in partnership with the University of Melbourne, examines the role of police as agents of public health. This partnership has already led to the publication of papers discussing the nexus between the two, as well as the development of the first international conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health (LEPH), that was held in November 2012 in Melbourne, which brought world leading practitioners and academics together. Following the success of the 2012 conference, a second conference will be held in Amsterdam in October 2014. The 2012 Conference report is available here.

 

COMPLETED RESEARCH PROJECTS

Police leaders and leadership development

The AIPM recently conducted a systematic review of the research literature pertaining to police leadership and leadership development. This systematic review has reported on the findings from 57 articles contained in peer review journals that relate specifically to police leadership in the last two decades. Drawing on research from the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, this paper addresses three questions: What do we know about who police leaders are? What do we know about what police leaders do? And what do we know about how best to prepare and develop police leaders? The purpose of this systematic literature review is to synthesise what we know, empirically, about police leadership and leadership development. To access the paper please click here.

Collaborative leadership

In a collaboration with the National Security College (Australian National University), Department of Defence Command and Staff College and the Australian Emergency Management Institute, the AIPM worked to produce an occasional research paper on collaborative leadership in the education sector. Copies of the paper are available in the AIPM Library or can be accessed here.

Leadership capacity building in the Pacific – Solomon Islands

The AIPM is involved in developing police leaders across the Pacific, and recently concluded evaluation research in the Solomon Islands. Drawing on qualitative and quantitative data from Solomon Islands, this research examined the impact that the Leadership Development Program had, both on individual leadership capability and organisational leadership capacity.

Utilising organisational and procedural justice in policing

In October  2012 the AIPM held an International Colloquium on Organisational and Procedural Justice. This event brought leading academics from Australia, the UK and the US together with high ranking police from across Australia to discuss the extant research on organisational and procedural justice, and specifically the implications for policing. To access the presentation slides, please click here.

The topics covered will feature in a special edition of the Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, edited by Dr Victoria Herrington and Dr Karl Roberts.