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GLBTI police liaison services : a critical analysis of existing literature


Dwyer, AE and Ball, M, GLBTI police liaison services : a critical analysis of existing literature, Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference, 12-13 July, 2012, University of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS, pp. 11-18. ISBN 978-0-646-59495-8 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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GLBTI (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex) police liaison programs have been an important part of policing these communities for a number of decades now. In fact, this model appears to dominate approaches as the preferred way to manage relationships between GLBTI communities and police. Interestingly, while this model dominates, research on the effectiveness of this model, and the services that align with it, is limited. To date, only few studies have asked critical questions about the effectiveness of GLBTI police liaison services. For instance, we know that over 70% of GLBTI communities are aware of police liaison services, but only 4% of those victimised access them (Berman & Robinson, 2010). This paper critically examines existing literature about GLBTI police liaison services to demonstrate key themes and omissions. It argues that police liaison services as a preferred model has been taken for granted as the correct way of engaging with GLBTI communities in ways that may exclude other forms of engagement, and suggests that further research into these liaison programs is necessary if the relationships between GLBTI communities and the police are to be strengthened.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:GLBTI (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex), police liaison officers, reporting
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Criminology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Law enforcement
UTAS Author:Dwyer, AE (Dr Angela Dwyer)
ID Code:105872
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-01-18
Last Modified:2016-02-16
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