Reforming Police: Opportunities, Drivers and Challenges

Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 38(2), 167-180, 2005

18 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2016

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Philip Stenning

Griffith University

Clifford Shearing

University of Cape Town; University of Montreal, School of Criminology; University of New South Wales; University of Toronto

Date Written: January 22, 2016


A few years ago, David Bayley and Clifford Shearing (1996) argued that at the end of the 20th century we were witnessing a ‘watershed’ in policing, when transformations were occurring in the practices and sponsorship of policing on a scale unprecedented since the developments that heralded the creation of the ‘New Police’ in the 19th century. In this special issue of the journal, we and our fellow contributors turn our attention to a somewhat neglected aspect of this ‘quiet revolution’ in policing (Stenning & Shearing, 1980), namely the nature of the opportunities for, and challenges posed by, the reform of policing in different parts of the world at the beginning of the 21st century. Our attention in this issue is particularly focused on the opportunities, drivers and challenges in reforming public (state- sponsored) police institutions.

JEL Classification: police; policing; governance; security

Suggested Citation

Stenning, Philip and Shearing, Clifford D, Reforming Police: Opportunities, Drivers and Challenges (January 22, 2016). Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 38(2), 167-180, 2005, Available at SSRN:

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