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Building the capacity of police change agents: The nexus policing project


Wood, J and Fleming, Jenny and Marks, M, Building the capacity of police change agents: The nexus policing project, Policing and Society, 18, (1) pp. 72-87. ISSN 1043-9463 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/10439460701718583


This paper argues that police members from all ranks possess potential to challenge the beliefs and meanings that inform their daily practices, and are able to alter their routines when innovative practice and new ideas assist them in responding to new dilemmas. The paper suggests that both scholars and practitioners pay insufficient attention to nurturing rank-and-file police as change agents and to building their capacity as knowledge workers and ideas generators in forging change. In response to this gap, the paper discusses the Nexus Policing Project in Victoria, Australia, which is based on a police-university partnership aimed at realising new ways of seeing and doing in the field of policing. The participatory action research method is utilised as a way of overcoming the traditional gap between research and practice. The paper discusses some of the challenges associated with this kind of collaborative endeavour.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:police reform, culture change, participatory action research, youth safety
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:56182
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:44
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies
Deposited On:2009-03-31
Last Modified:2013-03-18
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