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The small-scale initiative: the rhetoric and the reality of community policing in Australia

The small-scale initiative: the rhetoric and the reality of community policing in Australia
The small-scale initiative: the rhetoric and the reality of community policing in Australia
Australian police jurisdictions engage in several forms of community policing. Numerous initiatives in all states and territories are delivered through a range of programs. Common to these programs is a commitment to community engagement and participation. This article briefly examines community policing practice in Australia and considers the challenges of developing a comprehensive community policing model. It suggests that community policing in Australia is not a fully developed concept and its approach is essentially ‘small scale’, ie. a local approach intended to bring police into non-confrontational contact with the community. The article considers the organisational and managerial constraints that hinder the development of strong community policing models in Australia. It argues that conflicting governing structures, the absence of legislative and policy support, an emphasis on performance management in a highly politicised environment and the expectations of a community whose support is imperative to police legitimacy are the primary constraining factors.
1752-4512
214-222
Fleming, Jenny
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O'Reilly, Juani
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Fleming, Jenny
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O'Reilly, Juani
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Fleming, Jenny and O'Reilly, Juani (2007) The small-scale initiative: the rhetoric and the reality of community policing in Australia. Policing, 1 (2), 214-222. (doi:10.1093/police/pam023).

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Abstract

Australian police jurisdictions engage in several forms of community policing. Numerous initiatives in all states and territories are delivered through a range of programs. Common to these programs is a commitment to community engagement and participation. This article briefly examines community policing practice in Australia and considers the challenges of developing a comprehensive community policing model. It suggests that community policing in Australia is not a fully developed concept and its approach is essentially ‘small scale’, ie. a local approach intended to bring police into non-confrontational contact with the community. The article considers the organisational and managerial constraints that hinder the development of strong community policing models in Australia. It argues that conflicting governing structures, the absence of legislative and policy support, an emphasis on performance management in a highly politicised environment and the expectations of a community whose support is imperative to police legitimacy are the primary constraining factors.

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Published date: 1 January 2007
Organisations: Social Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 338257
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/338257
ISSN: 1752-4512
PURE UUID: be41170c-cd8f-4c8c-9337-a4be3eb1c747
ORCID for Jenny Fleming: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7913-3345

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Date deposited: 11 May 2012 10:40
Last modified: 04 Jul 2020 00:33

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