Policing and Society

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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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


  • No preview · Article · Feb 2016 · Policing and Society
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    ABSTRACT: Although there has been an increase in research and policy attention examining sex offenders, their motivations and how ‘risk’ should be managed in relation to registered sex offenders in the community, the majority of these efforts have concentrated on young offenders. This paper presents the findings from a qualitative study involving interviews with offender managers working in six forces across England and Wales. The study produced a number of key findings: (1) there is an increasing number of older sex offenders subject to offender management and these offenders have particular needs; (2) there are a number of specific challenges in managing older offenders and (3) these create a number of a specific issues when managing older offenders with care or support needs. Implications for those involved in the management of sex offenders are discussed and best practice highlighted.
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    ABSTRACT: The issues that arise in responding to repeat reports to the policing of people missing from institutional locations (such as hospitals, mental health units and children's residential care) are the focus of this article. This focus relates to the broader issue of policing vulnerability and the concepts of ‘duty of care’, ‘safeguarding’ and ‘risk’ as they apply to role of the police in their response to missing people. The current study is based on research on 1321 missing persons cases that were closed in 2011; these cases came from 149 institutional locations in a police force in central England and account for nearly half of all repeat reports to the police in this force area. The top ten organisational addresses accounted for over a quarter (27.6%, 364 of 1321) of the repeat reports over a one-year period. Seven of these organisational addresses are private children's care homes (275 reports, 75.5% of the top 10 reporting locations) and three are mental health units (89 reports, 24.5% of the top 10 reporting locations). The cost to the police of responding to reports from these 10 locations is estimated to be between £482,250 and £879,060. The article highlights that a significant part of police work on missing people relates to institutional locations that present the police with different types of potential risk.
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    ABSTRACT: Developments in law enforcement have resulted in the need for early identification of individuals who may not succeed in the police field. Peers have the potential to provide reliable information on a fellow recruit's interpersonal skills, professionalism, and personality traits that can predict future behaviours. Police recruits (n = 1248) nominated three peers who were top in their class and three who needed the most improvement during the 7th and 16th week of a 24-week basic police training academy. Analyses indicated that negative peer evaluations predicted attrition during a one-year probationary period after graduation from the academy even when statistically controlling for performance on the final academy exam. Using a cut-off score of four cumulative negative peer evaluations across both time points, recruits who dropped out or were terminated during probation could be determined with 91.7% specificity and 20.2% sensitivity. As such, negative peer evaluations have the potential to correctly identify recruits who have minimal potential of succeeding in police work. Overall, peer evaluations can serve as an important tool in police academies by evaluating and predicting future performance of police recruits in the field.
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  • No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Policing and Society
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    ABSTRACT: As a field of social science research, policing has been fortunate to have a number of influential academic researchers and a rich history of significant writing. This is something to be celebrated. Our Revisiting the Classics series aims to bring together leading commentators to review books that contribute to the core of police studies. There will always be debate about which books are seminal and which authors have had the greatest influence on the discipline. We hope this initiative will encourage readers to rediscover the value of work done by previous generations. For the first issue of 2016, Clifford Stott reviews two influential titles by P.A.J. (Tank) Waddington: Policing Citizens (1999) and Liberty and Order (1994).
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    ABSTRACT: This paper explores the relationship between disorder and police satisfaction while controlling for other relevant factors related to police satisfaction such as race, gender, age, and prior police contact. We present results from a survey of residents in a semi-rural southern city. This survey location provides a unique opportunity to explore the effects of disorder and social cohesion on police satisfaction in an environment that incorporates elements of both urban and rural environments. The results indicate that white respondents, older respondents, and those that were more integrated into their neighbourhoods were more satisfied with the police. Variation in the levels of disorder did not, however, have an impact of citizen satisfaction. The implications for these findings are also discussed.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Policing and Society
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    ABSTRACT: The role of police in building collective efficacy remains an unanswered question. This paper employs a sample of 4403 people living in 148 neighbourhoods in Brisbane, Australia, to examine the relationship between perceptions of police and collective efficacy. Results indicate that even when controlling for neighbourhood compositional and structural characteristics, trust in police effectiveness and procedural justice are the key variables explaining collective efficacy. Although trust in police effectiveness and procedural justice do not predict neighbourhood differences in collective efficacy, they do explain variations in perceptions of collective efficacy among those residents in a given neighbourhood. These findings reveal that when people trust the police are effective and procedurally just, they are more likely to view their neighbourhoods as collectively efficacious. This research suggests that police can help to encourage collective efficacy, and potentially reduce crime, by communicating their effectiveness and delivering procedural justice to citizens.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Policing and Society
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    ABSTRACT: Technology has always played an important role in policing. In recent years, various types of new social networking sites have become important tools for police departments. For example, social networking sites have been used to help solve crimes and communicate directly with the public circumventing the traditional news media. At the same time, the public can more easily communicate directly with, or about, the police. This article examines the use of Twitter by police departments on an everyday basis. Drawing on a content analysis of Canadian police departments’ Twitter accounts, this article discusses the types of information sent out to the public (i.e. on crimes/investigations, police work, safety/traffic, and community) as well as police attempts to interact with citizens (i.e. through invitations to attend events, asking for responses, and responding to and/or mentioning others). The findings suggest that Twitter was used to help manage the image of the police and build community. The implications of these findings are also discussed.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Policing and Society
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    ABSTRACT: Over the past decade the national governments of the UK have repositioned ‘community safety’ as a priority area. The complexity of reducing real and perceived crime rates and levels of antisocial behaviour is widely accepted. This has inspired the development of numerous programmes aimed at delivering safer and stronger communities in specific contexts. One of the strategies promoted in Scotland is the Community Warden Scheme, which aims to provide a ‘uniformed, semi-official police presence’ at a community level. Scotland's Community Wardens characterise the growing trend towards the pluralisation of police service providers, as a myriad of actors constitute the ‘extended policing family’. Amidst the diversification and expansion of policing actors, issues surrounding public accountability and policing authority loom large. This paper aims to critically examine the role of Scotland's Community Wardens in relation to the broader policing landscape, drawing on empirical data generated in one city (Dundee). It will start by discussing the political and policy context surrounding the creation of the Community Warden Scheme, and describing the Wardens’ main roles and responsibilities. The paper will then outline two substantive issues facing the Wardens as highlighted by the primary research. First, the importance of developing a distinct professional identity will be explored. Second, the imperative of working alongside local policing teams will be discussed. In suggesting methods of good practice, the everyday challenges of navigating intra-professional expectations, inter-professional tensions and public accountability will be critically analysed.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015 · Policing and Society
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    ABSTRACT: Public safety organisations across the world invest a great deal of time and money in developing their leaders. It is perhaps surprising, then, that there is relatively little literature assessing the impact that such development opportunities have. This paper serves to address this gap by examining one such leader development programme in Australia. Seventy participants were followed for one year, and statistically significant shifts in self-reported leadership behaviour were identified. Interviews with an additional 30 former students suggested that such behavioural changes were preserved over the longer term, and may compound as individuals utilise both their formal learning and on the job experience to enhance their leadership effectiveness. This suggests that for a relatively modest upfront investment in human capital, considerable organisational gains are possible. The extent to which such gains are measurable or can be characterised in monetary terms is discussed, ahead of a conclusion that sets out an agenda for future research to better understand how leadership and its development are conceptualised, operationalised, and realised in public safety agencies. © Crown Copyright in the Commonwealth of Australia 2015 Australian Institute of Police Management
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    ABSTRACT: The article analyses the occupational culture of the Italian Interior Ministry police after the Second World War, following the demise of Benito Mussolini's fascist dictatorship. In undertaking this, the article largely focuses on how the history, values and objectives of the post-war Italian police were narrated in professional literature and institutional correspondence and represented in celebrative and commemorative rituals, and the ways in which the recent experience of the dictatorship determined this. While the article presents a historical case, it also intends to stimulate more general reflection on the ways in which aspects of police occupational culture formed during dictatorships survive and/or evolve during and following periods of regime change and on how this can be studied. A research approach which focuses, for example, on the aesthetics and language of police ceremonies and/or the manner in which the institutional history of a police force is internally narrated could be enlightening for today's scholars and donors of police reform. The Italian case shows how police forces emerging from dictatorships may formally stress their democratic credentials, but can ‘normalise’ controversial behaviour under a previous dictatorship by conceptually separating professional functions from the broader ideological implications of such functions, whilst still being driven by cultural practices and strategies which they had learned under that regime.
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    ABSTRACT: This article analyses how issues of race influence the occupational culture of the armed response sector, a particular part of the private security industry, in Durban, South Africa. In addition to analysing the racial hierarchy of the industry, this article examines the ‘Bravo Mike Syndrome' – Bravo Mike meaning black male in NATO phonetic alphabet code. The ‘Bravo Mike Syndrome' refers to the racialised imaginaries of criminals and the subsequent policing practices performed by armed response officers to protect clients from this racially constructed dangerous ‘Other’. However, as the majority of armed response officers are ‘Bravo Mikes’ themselves, there is a constant element of friction in their performances. Based on 20 months of ethnographic fieldwork, this article thus analyses how racialised understandings of crime influence, and are reproduced by, private policing practices, thereby contributing to studies on private security occupational cultures and racial profiling.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Policing and Society