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Safety and security in remote, rural, and regional policing


Rodgers, J and Asquith, N, Safety and security in remote, rural, and regional policing, International Journal of Rural Criminology, 7, (1) pp. 97-123. ISSN 2768-3109 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.18061/ijrc.v7i1.9103


Policing outside of the metropole is unlike what we have come to know about policing. The rural, regional and remote (RRR) policing environment is shaped by environmental, organisational, community and criminality contexts that produce unique safety and security issues. This article examines these issues for RRR police and their families in Tasmania, Australia. Drawing on interviews with eight officers and observations of five officers in two districts, we find that both distance and isolation, and closeness (or propinquity), shapes the safety and security of RRR police. This article documents the individual strategies deployed by RRR officers to ensure their and their family’s safety, the gaps in policy and practice, and the necessary changes to the work conditions, station security, and housing arrangements of RRR officers. Addressing a gap at the juncture of RRR policing and police safety and security, this research considers what can be done to enhance the capacity of RRR officers to remain in RRR deployments

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:police safety, rural, regional and remote policing, occupational health and safety, wellbeing, Tasmania
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:Rodgers, J (Dr Jess Rodgers)
UTAS Author:Asquith, N (Professor Nicole Asquith)
ID Code:155360
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Policing and Emergency Management
Deposited On:2023-02-16
Last Modified:2023-02-16

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