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Queering policing: what is best practice with LGBTQ communities?


Dwyer, A, Queering policing: what is best practice with LGBTQ communities?, Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 31, (3) pp. 396-411. ISSN 1034-5329 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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2019 Sydney Institute of Criminology

DOI: doi:10.1080/10345329.2019.1640172


This paper explores the notion of best practice policing with LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) communities. Rather than wholeheartedly endorsing this notion, however, this paper is driven by the discussion of questioning moments that emerged from a number of Australian research projects focused on how police interact with LGBTQ people and from other moments of discussion about how we ought to counsel recruits to interact with LGBTQ people in police training. Using a queer, poststructural theoretical framework, and filtered through an ethics of discomfort, the paper works through these questioning moments that I have experienced as a researcher doing work that seeks to define LGBTQ-police relations and to better elaborate best practice. The analysis highlights the slipperiness of the idea of best practice and questions whether or not it is actually feasible and achievable. It also presents as a warning to policing stakeholders of becoming too comfortable with stipulating processes and practices of best practice policing with LGBTQ people into the future.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:LGBTQ, queer, policing, best practice, ethics of discomfort
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:Criminal justice
UTAS Author:Dwyer, A (Dr Angela Dwyer)
ID Code:140937
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-09-15
Last Modified:2020-12-18

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