Introduction: Australian Policing in Context
INTRODUCTION: POLICE WORK IN CONTEXT, pp.1-13, R. Broadhurst, S.E. Davies, eds., Melbourne, 2009
11 Pages Posted: 7 Nov 2012
Date Written: February 23, 2008
Understanding what policing means may seem an unnecessary question for such a visible and popular public service. After all don’t police fight crime and make society safe? However, why the police undertake certain functions but not others; how their enforcement capability, managerial models and role in society shapes the community that they serve, is less examined. There are excellent works that describe in detail Australia’s police work and service; however, few seek to analyze the structures, practicalities and challenges that influence police. This book seeks to fill this gap by examining how policing has developed as a concept in the Australian context. The book specifically aims to examine three key policing influences: The trends of policing models from the past to the present and their influence on the organization of Australia’s police service; The practical dimensions of policing – from ethical dilemmas through to intelligence gathering; and The present challenges – domestic and international – that influence the roles and functions of police.
Keywords: police, Australia, policing in Australia, crime
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