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Policing illicit drugs in the pacific: the role of culture and community on the Frontline


Sousa-Santos, J and Howes, LM, Policing illicit drugs in the pacific: the role of culture and community on the Frontline, Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 38, (3) pp. 364-379. ISSN 1043-9862 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/10439862221096960


Transnational and organized crime has become more prominent in the Pacific region in recent years, leading to challenges for law enforcement agencies in the region. The production and trafficking of illicit drugs are common concerns that illustrate the nexus between transnational and local crime landscapes. This article discusses approaches to the policing of such crime used by Pacific law enforcement agencies and regional partners. Informed by regional agreements, national security strategies of Pacific Islands governments, and theory about security networks, the article argues that plural and hybrid policing approaches, more commonly associated with community policing, may be effective models to combat drug-related crime. These approaches can involve cultural, social, and hierarchical webs that act as security nodes or networks on the frontline against illicit activities. Given different strengths and weaknesses of the various approaches available, an integrated and multifaceted approach to addressing drug-related crime offers the best chance of success.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:plural policing, illicit drugs, transnational crime, Pacific region
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:Crime prevention
UTAS Author:Howes, LM (Dr Loene Howes)
ID Code:153822
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2022-10-08
Last Modified:2022-11-08

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