Australian Institute of Police Management

Police strategies

Police strategies

How police and the public can create safer neighborhoods together

"We all want to be safe, and our safety is intertwined, says Tracie Keesee, cofounder of the Center for Policing Equity. Sharing lessons she's learned from 25 years as a police officer, Keesee reflects on the public safety challenges faced by both the police and local neighborhoods, especially in the African American community, as well as the opportunities we all have preserving dignity and guaranteeing justice. "We must move forward together. There's no more us versus them," Keesee says."

Leadership and Change in Winnipeg’s Smart Policing Initiative

"This study looks at a Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) implemented by the Winnipeg Police Service. Line officers and management personnel were interviewed to determine how they dealt with the implementation of SPI. We used activity data to determine whether officers actually carried out the activities integral to the SPI programme. The research concludes that there was attitudinal ‘buy-in’ to the programme and that the officers did carry out the proactive policing activities mandated by the programme."

The challenges facing specialist police cyber-crime units

An empirical analysis.

This paper presents original, empirical research on specialist cyber-crime units in Australia to report on the issues and problems faced by police staff at the frontline of cyber-policing. Using a mix of survey data and in-depth interviewing with supervisors, key investigators, and civilian staff from two specialist cyber-crime units, this paper outlines the priority challenges as identified by members of these units. 

Police Leadership in Times of Transition

"Large-scale police reforms in the Netherlands and Scotland were accompanied by transitions in police leadership. For the purpose of comparative research, unique interview data were collected among the Dutch and Scottish strategic police chiefs who were in charge prior to the completion of the reform process. It was found that police reform trajectories in the Netherlands and Scotland were both political projects aimed at generating more efficiency and cost-effectiveness through the centralization of police governance."

Police are using artificial intelligence to spot written lies

There’s no foolproof way to know if someone’s verbally telling lies, but scientists have developed a tool that seems remarkably accurate at judging written falsehoods. Using machine learning and text analysis, they’ve been able to identify false robbery reports with such accuracy that the tool is now being rolled out to police stations across Spain.

Source: Goldhill, O. (2018). Quartz. Read more here.

The Future of Policing – Challenge and Opportunity

"The future of policing presents both challenge and opportunity as advances in technology continue to influence how we interact as a society. We are becoming dual citizens of the physical and digital worlds with accompanying expectations of police to provide similar services in both domains. Keeping pace with the expectations of an increasingly networked and digitised society will require police to become highly innovative. Simon O’Rourke is a career police officer with over 20 years operational experience and a keen interest in technology.

Operating at the Speed of Challenge

 Adaptive C2 as a New Paradigm for Police Command and Control at Critical Incidents

"We argue that it is vitally important to distinguish among different critical incidents by the nature of the challenges they present, because different complexes of challenges will require significantly different approaches in command structures and procedures."

50 State Report on Public Safety

Although crime rates across the country are near all-time lows, each state faces a unique combination of public safety challenges, including increasing crime rates in some communities, growing numbers of people who have mental illnesses entering county jails and state prisons, spiking opioid and other drug-related deaths, high recidivism rates, rising correctional populations and costs, pervasive barriers to employment and housing for people with criminal records, and more.

Counter Terrorism Strategy 2018-2021

The aim of this strategy is to: Describe Victoria Police’s counter terrorism response via the core focus areas of Prevention, Protection, Disruption and Response; Identify those activities and actions, current and future, that will support each of these focus areas; Ensure our diverse counter terrorism activities and responsibilities work toward the attainment of a clearly defined vision; and Increase awareness and transparency of Victoria Police’s counter terrorism activities and priorities.

Towards national measures of alcohol-related crime

Based on an extensive review of the literature, interviews with representatives from all state and territory police agencies and a range of non-policing agencies, and a review of existing data sources, this report describes the data that are currently available to measure the involvement of alcohol in crime, the strengths and limitations of these data and the issues that will likely impact on future efforts to measure alcohol-related crime at the national level. The report ends by proposing a suite of national indicators of alcohol-related crime.

The police intelligence division-of-labour

"This article describes the police intelligence division-of-labour. It is argued that police organisation gains overall coherence in relation to the ‘police métier’; a rationale that allows protagonists in the police world to make sense of an irrational workplace structure where personal loyalty, trust and honour (not formal organisational logic) form the basis of action and compliance.

Does stop and search deter crime?

Evidence From Ten Years of London-wide Data

The organizational and practical considerations of starting a crime analysis unit

"How can data analysis be implemented in a way that provides value to police department managers and patrol officers delivering service? 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. "

Police use of technology: insights from the literature.

Literature from a policing background will be reviewed to discover the positive impacts and benefits attached to its use, the potential obstacles to its implantation, and how lessons from one agency may be of benefit to others.

Source: Rogers, C., & Scally, E. J. (2018). International Journal of Emergency Services, link to abstract and link to full text for AIPM students.


What about AI in criminal intelligence?

From predictive policing to AI perspectives

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

Public Safety Leadership: Research Focus 
Author: Dr Abby McLeod