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Conceptual divides and practice synergies in law enforcement and public health: some lessons from policing vulnerability in Australia

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Bartkowiak-Theron, IMF and Asquith, NL, Conceptual divides and practice synergies in law enforcement and public health: some lessons from policing vulnerability in Australia, Policing and Society, 27, (3) pp. 276-288. ISSN 1043-9463 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 Informa UK Limited

DOI: doi:10.1080/10439463.2016.1216553

Abstract

The debates about how and whether law enforcement and public health share a policy and practice mandate are perplexing. Frontline practice indicates that this intersection is de rigueur, and that practitioners from both fields see no reason why they cannot work together beneficially. Indeed, police are as much public health interventionists as health practitioners are public safety facilitators. In this article, we identify the conceptual dissonance that continues to frame the debate about law enforcement and public health, and document the practical synergies that exist (and have always existed) in both fields. We suggest that the divide between law enforcement and public health is futile, and that the shared concept of vulnerability in policing, health and law can do much to foster better collaborative practices, policies and shared understandings.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:law enforcement, public health, policing, vulnerability, vulnerable people
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the Law
Objective Field:Law Enforcement
Author:Bartkowiak-Theron, IMF (Dr Isabelle Bartkowiak-Theron)
ID Code:110645
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-08-08
Last Modified:2017-11-21
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