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The pursuit of professionalism: Lessons from Australasia


Fleming, Jenny, The pursuit of professionalism: Lessons from Australasia, The Future of Policing, Routledge, JM Brown (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 355-368. ISBN 978-020343594-6 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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Copyright 2014 Jennifer M. Brown for selection and editorial material; individual chapters, the contributors

DOI: doi:10.4324/9780203435946


The police service in England and Wales is facing major challenges in its financing, political oversight and reorganisation of its structures. Current economic conditions have created a wholly new environment whereby cost saving is permitting hitherto unthinkable changes in the style and means of delivery of policing services. In the context of these proposed changes Lord Stevens, formerly Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service was asked to chair an Independent Commission looking into the future of policing. The Commission has a wide ranging remit and the papers in this book offer up-to-date analysis of contemporary problems from the novel perspective of developing a reform agenda to assist the Commission. Bringing together contributions from both key academic thinkers and police professionals, this book discusses new policing paradigms, lays out a case for an evidence-based practice approach and draws attention to developing areas such as terrorism, public order and hate crime. Policing is too important to be left to politicians, as the health of a democracy may be judged by the relationship between the police and the public. The aim of this book is to question and present analyses of problems offer new ideas and propose realistically achievable solutions without being so timid as to preserve the status quo. It will be of interest to both academics and students in the fields of criminology and policing studies, as well as professionals in the policing service, NGOs and local authority organisations.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:police, Australia
Research Division: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
UTAS Author:Fleming, Jenny (Professor Jenny Fleming)
ID Code:118841
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:2017-07-20
Last Modified:2017-09-05

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