Policing and Society Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Journal description

Policing and Society is concerned with the activity of policing and the factors which affect it. A major part of this material will concern the police -- social scientific investigations of police policy, legal analyses of police powers and their constitutional status, and management oriented research on aspects of police organization -- but space will also be devoted to the relationship between what the police do and the policing decision and functions of community groups, private sector organizations and other state agencies. The journal will concern itself with the political economy of policing. As such it will be of interest to academics from most of the social science disciplines as well as police and other practitioners involved in social regulation and control. Policing and Society provides a genuinely international forum and will have correspondents in most countries where there is a tradition of research and academic inquiry into all aspects of policing. The journal is committed to rigorous policy debate and the highest standards of scholarship.

Current impact factor: 0.69

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Additional details

5-year impact 0.00
Cited half-life 5.80
Immediacy index 0.03
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.00
Website Policing and Society website
Other titles Policing & society (Online), Policing and society
ISSN 1043-9463
OCLC 50446929
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: The militarisation of policing in the USA continues to be a critical area of enquiry for both the police and the society. Recent events in Boston speak to the centrality of this area of research for understanding state responses to an array of social problems, including violence, terrorism and civil unrest. The police capacity to organise and distribute state-sponsored violence as well as the ability to shape institutional appearances while doing so, impacts issues of civil rights, domestic order and the quality of political life in a democracy. The importance of the topic, coupled with the fact that we have made a modest contribution to the literature on this phenomenon, led us to read Garth den Heyer's essay with keen interest.
    Policing and Society 05/2015; 25(3). DOI:10.1080/10439463.2013.864655
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    ABSTRACT: In Australia, no one really knows how widespread the Transgender community actually is since transgender people are relatively diffuse and hidden and comprise a ‘hard to get at population’. One recognised form of researching hard-to-reach populations is through online surveys. Online surveys with members of minority groups have significant advantages over other data collection methods, particularly when asking respondents about their perceptions of authoritarian in-groups such as the police. Under the theoretical framework of Social Identity Theory, and the Group-Value Model, an online survey was used to capture transgender peoples' perceptions of the police. This article determines that the gender identities of transgender participants who have had previous contact with police in their professional capacity significantly shapes negative perceptions of treatment quality from police officers.
    Policing and Society 04/2015; DOI:10.1080/10439463.2014.996563
  • Policing and Society 04/2015; DOI:10.1080/10439463.2015.1031230
  • Policing and Society 04/2015; DOI:10.1080/10439463.2015.1031663
  • Policing and Society 04/2015; DOI:10.1080/10439463.2015.1031664
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    ABSTRACT: There has been little research on citizens' attitudes about policing in rural communities in the USA, and existing studies do not examine the effects of community characteristics on these attitudes. We extend this work theoretically and analytically by considering the effects of community context, police organisation and individual characteristics on attitudes about police. Using data for a large sample of citizens residing in 98 small towns in Iowa, we employed multilevel ordered logistic regression techniques to model citizens' rating of police protection and degree of trust in the police. At the community level, social disorganisation was negatively associated with both outcome variables, and social integration was positively related to trust in the police. Town police departments were viewed more favourably than county sheriff's offices for both police protection and trust. Individual-level perceptions of social integration and community safety were positively related to both outcome variables. Respondents' sociodemographic characteristics had relatively few significant effects. A statistical interaction between social disorganisation and individual perceptions of social integration was observed for trust in the police, with higher levels of perceived social integration attenuating the negative effect of social disorganisation. In sum, contextual, organisational and individual predictors all had important effects on attitudes about police in this study. These findings demonstrate that theories emphasising community context are essential to a more complete understanding of crime-related attitudes in rural communities.
    Policing and Society 04/2015; DOI:10.1080/10439463.2015.1031227
  • Policing and Society 04/2015; DOI:10.1080/10439463.2015.1031229
  • Policing and Society 04/2015; DOI:10.1080/10439463.2015.1031228
  • Policing and Society 04/2015; DOI:10.1080/10439463.2015.1013766
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    ABSTRACT: Police community support officers (PCSOs) have become an integral part of neighbourhood policing teams (NPTs) in England and Wales since the national roll-out of neighbourhood policing in 2008. Most research on PCSOs examines their outward-facing role, such as in the extent to which these police staff have become community engagement or enforcement-orientated. While this is important to consider, what is also important is the manner in which PCSOs have been accepted by the police organisation internally. This can have a bearing on the degree to which PCSOs are able to fulfil their roles in neighbourhood policing. The research reported here is based on a six-month observational study of PCSOs in England. Using Goffman's dramaturgical framework and concept of performance teams, this article argues that PCSOs and police constables (PCs) comprise separate performance teams within each NPT group, although the degree of separation between PC and PCSO teams varied from one NPT to another. One element of this relationship which was generally consistent was that police officers and supervisors tended to value more highly PCSO work which was enforcement-orientated. This challenges PCSOs to enhance this side of their performances in spite of their limited statutory powers. Some PCSOs experienced this as a daily pressure to justify their existence to police colleagues, leaving them as disillusioned and unsatisfied staff. This was clearly expressed in the use of space in these police stations in that PCSOs sought out spaces where they could relax in their own exclusive ‘back stage’ areas, away from police colleagues.
    Policing and Society 03/2015; DOI:10.1080/10439463.2015.1020805
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    ABSTRACT: Security networks are organisational forms involving public, private and hybrid actors or nodes that work together to pursue security-related objectives. While we know that security networks are central to the governance of security, and that security networks exist at multiple levels across the security field, we still do not know enough about how these networks form and function. Based on a detailed qualitative study of networks in the field of ‘high’ policing in Australia, this article aims to advance our knowledge of the relational properties of security networks. Following the organisational culture literature, the article uses the concept of a ‘group’ as the basis with which to analyse and understand culture. A group can apply to networks (‘network culture’), organisations (‘organisational culture’) and sections within and between organisations (‘occupational subcultures’). Using interviews with senior members of security, police and intelligence agencies, the article proceeds to analyse how cultures form and function within such groups. In developing a network perspective on occupational culture, the article challenges much of the police culture(s) literature for concentrating too heavily on police organisations as independent units of analysis. The article moves beyond debates between integrated or differentiated organisational cultures and questions concerning the extent to which culture shapes particular outcomes, to analyse the ways in which security nodes relate to one another in security networks. If there is one thing that should be clear it is that security nodes experience cultural change as they work together in and through networks.
    Policing and Society 03/2015; DOI:10.1080/10439463.2015.1020804
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    ABSTRACT: This article considers the implementation of police hate crime policy. Victoria, a state in Australia, provides a case study of a jurisdiction where police have introduced a Prejudice Motivated Crime Strategy without an animating hate crime offence. The article identifies the organisational, relational and operational challenges and opportunities that arise in the implementation of this strategy. The literature reveals that successfully policing hate crime is impeded where the approach to defining and categorising hate crime is over- or under-inclusive. Over-inclusive approaches focus on community expectations while under-inclusive approaches are oriented towards prosecution. The absence of a legally bounded definition of hate crime in Victoria provides an opportunity to develop an approach that meets public expectations and operational needs of police, thus avoiding the pitfalls of over- or under-inclusive approaches. To realise this opportunity, the article draws upon the results of a research partnership between Victoria Police and a consortium of Australian universities. Synthesising legal standards with community interests, a set of five markers are advanced for frontline officers to negotiate, rather than assume, a common understanding of hate crime and to build police/community trust. The article makes an important contribution to the field by demonstrating that it is possible to advance the implementation of hate crime policy through strategies that are responsive to both legal standards and community expectations.
    Policing and Society 03/2015; DOI:10.1080/10439463.2015.1013958
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    ABSTRACT: As the police move further into areas of traditional journalistic practice, the ‘unhappy marriage’ between the police and the media becomes more complex. To what extent this symbiotic relationship has allowed for transparency has varied over time, subject to political, operational and technological change. While acknowledging the police premium on access to information, this relationship is further challenged by police oversight bodies, the spread of corporate mangerialism and media decentralisation. Through qualitative interviews with Australian police, crime, court and investigative journalists, we provide a fresh perspective on this relationship from the journalists' point of view. In particular we explore the impact of digital media, social media and mobile technology on this relationship integral to maintaining public confidence in the police. This research serves as the basis for further interrogation into police perceptions of the role of the media and how an increasingly mediated public sphere is influencing public confidence in the police.
    Policing and Society 03/2015; DOI:10.1080/10439463.2015.1016942
  • Policing and Society 03/2015; DOI:10.1080/10439463.2015.1013764
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    ABSTRACT: The over-representation of vulnerable populations within the criminal justice system, and the role of police in perpetuating this, has long been a topic of discussion in criminology. What is less discussed is the way in which non-criminal investigations by police, in areas like a death investigation, may similarly disadvantage and discriminate against vulnerable populations. In Australia, as elsewhere, it is police who are responsible for investigating both suspicious and violent deaths like homicide as well as non-suspicious, violent deaths like accidents and suicides. Police are also the agents tasked with investigating deaths, which are neither violent nor suspicious but occur outside hospitals and other care facilities. This paper, part of a larger funded Australian research project focusing on the ways in which cultural and religious differences are dealt with during the death investigation process, reports on how police describe - or are described by others - during their role in a non-suspicious death investigation, and the challenges that such investigations raise for police and policing. The employment of police liaison officers is discussed as one response to the difficulty of policing cultural and religious difference with variable results.
    Policing and Society 03/2015; DOI:10.1080/10439463.2015.1016024
  • Policing and Society 03/2015; 25(3). DOI:10.1080/10439463.2015.1013768
  • Policing and Society 03/2015; 25(3). DOI:10.1080/10439463.2015.1013753
  • Policing and Society 03/2015; 25(3). DOI:10.1080/10439463.2015.1013769
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    ABSTRACT: Recent research has stressed the dependency of the private security industry on public recognition and legitimacy. This article discusses how one Swedish security company, through the work of its individual security officers ‘on the ground’, carries out legitimation work in relation to the public. The empirical focus in this examination is on the company's work vis-à-vis youths from ‘foreign’ backgrounds in the ethnically and socioeconomically segregated suburbs of one of the largest cities in Sweden. The ethnographic data collected through field-based interviews and observations on the security company officers’ work, perceptions and views point to a specific type of legitimacy management strategy adopted by the company in question in its operational context: ‘policing by ethnic matching’. The article shows how this strategy is implemented to avoid anticipated accusations of ethnic discrimination, to manage such accusations when they nevertheless occur and to repair the legitimacy of the business when it is seen to have been damaged. The techniques used in the company's efforts to advance its legitimacy claims are shown to rely on impression and emotion management.
    Policing and Society 03/2015; 25(2). DOI:10.1080/10439463.2013.817996
  • Policing and Society 02/2015; DOI:10.1080/10439463.2015.1013770