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“You’d just cop flak from every other dickhead under the sun”: navigating the tensions of (in)visibility and hypervisibility in LGBTI police liaison programs in three Australian states

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Dwyer, A and Ball, MJ, 'You'd just cop flak from every other dickhead under the sun': navigating the tensions of (in)visibility and hypervisibility in LGBTI police liaison programs in three Australian states, Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 36, (2) pp. 274-292. ISSN 1043-9862 (2020) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1177/1043986219894420

Abstract

This article examines the different ways that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) police liaison officers in three states of Australia conceptualized and problematized the public visibility of LGBTI police liaison services. In a climate where LGBTI police liaison services are a prominent model for building relationships between police and LGBTI people, this article considers, through interview data with LGBTI police liaison officers, these officers’ perceptions of the role that the visibility of these programs played in their success. Specifically, it explores the tensions and difficulties for officers and LGBTI communities resulting from the general invisibility of liaison officers themselves (and, by extension, these programs), as well as the problems that increased visibility of these programs might bring to officers, to LGBTI communities, and to policing work itself. Although enhancing the visibility of liaison services may be an important goal, this research suggests that careful consideration is required regarding how this visibility is produced and maintained, particularly given the concerns that officers reported about the potential risks posed by adopting new forms of visibility, including the risk of hypervisibility. This article questions the conventional view that increased visibility is unproblematic and is the key to the success of such programs.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:police, LGBTI, liaison programs, visibility, invisibility, hypervisibility, heteronormativity, homonormativity
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:Dwyer, A (Dr Angela Dwyer)
ID Code:140072
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-07-23
Last Modified:2021-02-12
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