Category Archives: Community policing

Research reports round-up

ex libris gul law reports collectionSome of the criminal justice-related reports that have caught my eye in the last few weeks:


Crime and Communities Review (UK, published 18 June, Cabinet Office): A major review examining how to better engage communities in the fight against crime and raise public confidence in the Criminal Justice System – link to pdf downloads.

Gangs at the Grassroots: Community solutions to street violence (UK, published 17 July 2008, New Local Government Network) – pdf


Witness and victim experience survey: early findings (UK, published 3 July 200, Ministry of Justice) – pdf

Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims: A 21st Century Strategy (US, International Association of Chiefs of Police) – pdf (Hat tip Docuticker)

First Response to Victims of Crime (US, published April 2008, National Sheriffs Association) – pdf (Hat tip Docuticker)

Police Enforcement Strategies to Prevent Crime in Hot Spot Areas (US, Department of Justice) – pdf (Hat tip Docuticker)

Serial Murder: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives for Investigators (US, FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit) – pdf (Hat tip Docuticker)


International profile of women’s prisons (UK, published April 2008, Kings College London for HM Prison Service) – pdf (Hat tip Intute)

Prosecuting Sexual Violence in Correctional Settings: Examining Prosecutors’ Perceptions (US, published May 2008, American University, WCL Research Paper, via SSRN)


Violence by Teenage Girls: Trends and Context (US, published May 2008, US Department of Justice) – pdf (Hat tip Docuticker)

Differential Response to Reports of Child Abuse and Neglect (US, published February 2008, Child Welfare Information Gateway) – pdf (Hat tip Docuticker)

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New issue: Police Practice and Research 8(3)


The latest issue of Police Practice and Research: An International Journal 8(3) is now online.

Follow the link to the publisher’s website for abstracts and access to full text articles. Sign up for personalised alerts here.

Contents include:

  • Policing, Politics, and Civil Rights: Analysis of the Policing of Protest against the 1999 Chinese President’s Visit to New Zealand – David Baker
  • Community Policing in Post-September 11 America: A Comment on the Concept of Community-Oriented Counterterrorism – Ben Brown
  • The International Civilian Police Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina: From Democratization to Nation-Building – Dominique Wisler
  • Defining Child Pornography: Law Enforcement Dilemmas in Investigations of Internet Child Pornography Possession – Melissa Wells; David Finkelhor; Janis Wolak; Kimberly J. Mitchell
  • To Regionalize or Not to Regionalize? A Study in the Politics of Policing in the Greater Vancouver Regional District – Dominic A. Wood

New issue: Policing 1(2)


Policing 1(2) is now online. Follow the link to the publisher’s website for abstracts and access to full text articles.

Contents include:

  • The Reassurance Function – Martin Innes
  • Neighbourhood Change: the Impact of the National Reassurance Policing Programme – Paul Quinton and Rachel Tuffin
  • The Role of Community Engagement in Neighbourhood Policing – Ian Barnes and Tania Eagle
  • Police Authorities’ Public Accountability Role: Learning from three Community Engagement Demonstration Projects – Andy Myhill
  • Koban: Neighbourhood Policing in Contemporary Japan – Frank Leishman
  • Neighbourhood Policing and the Reinvention of the Constable – Stephen P. Savage
  • The ‘Small-scale Initiative’; the Rhetoric and the Reality of Community Policing in Australia – Jenny Fleming and Juani O’Reilly
  • The Challenges of Implementing Community Policing in the United States – Stephen D. Mastrofski, James J. Willis, and Tammy Rinehart Kochel
  • Community Policing/Policing and Communities: Some Historical Perspectives – Clive Emsley
  • Neighbourhood Policing: Short-term Success or Long-term Revolution? – Matt Baggott
  • ‘Numties in Yellow Jackets’: The Nature of Hostility Towards the Police Community Support Officer in Neighbourhood Policing Teams – Bryn Caless

New issue: Criminology and Criminal Justice 7(3)


Criminology and Criminal Justice 7(3), August 2007 is now online. Follow the link to the publisher’s website for abstracts and access to full text articles.

Contents include:

  • Beyond public protection: An examination of community protection and public health approaches to high-risk offenders – Hazel Kemshall and Jason Wood
  • Consumer society, commodification and offender management – Trish McCulloch and Fergus McNeill
  • Borderline sentencing: A comparison of sentencers’ decision making in England and Wales, and Scotland – Andrew Millie, Jacqueline Tombs, and Mike Hough
  • Coerced drug treatment in the criminal justice system: Conceptual, ethical and criminological issues – Toby Seddon
  • `Too many chiefs and not enough chief executives’: Barriers to the development of PFI in the police service in England and Wales – Mark Button, Tom Williamson, and Les Johnston

New issue: Police Quarterly


The March 2007 issue of Police Quarterly 10(1) is now online. Follow the link to the Sage website for abstracts and access to full text articles. Sign up for personalised alerts here .

Remember that Sage is offering FREE access to all articles until 28 February.

Contents include:

  • Kraig L. Hays, Robert M. Regoli, and John D. Hewitt – Police Chiefs, Anomia, and Leadership
  • Stephen A. Anderson, Ronald M. Sabatelli, and Jennifer Trachtenberg – Community Police and Youth Programs as a Context for Positive Youth Development
  • Brian C. Renauer – Reducing Fear of Crime: Citizen, Police, or Government Responsibility?
  • Doris C. Chu and Ivan Y. Sun – A Comparison of Taiwanese and American Police Supervisors’ Attitudes
  • Ronald Helms and Ricky S. Gutierrez – Federal Subsidies and Evidence of Progressive Change: A Quantitative Assessment of the Effects of Targeted Grants on Manpower and Innovation in Large U.S. Police Agencies

How New Zealand Police are connecting with Maori

RCMP Gazette, Vol. 67, Issue 2 2005

The 1990s was a period in which the New Zealand Police faced high levels of
criticism and complaints about racism, and increasing pressure to respond to
unfavourable findings about the relationship between Maori people and the
criminal justice system. In 1996-a watershed year for the police force-38
police officers took on the challenge of developing a closer partnership
with Maori to reduce crime and the fear of crime, and to increase the Maori
community’s level of satisfaction with their policing services.

New publications from UK Home Office

Many new reports available from the UK Home Office Research Development and Statistics site

Findings 261 – Findings from the 2003 Offending, Crime and Justice Survey: alcohol-related crime and disorder.

Findings 264 – The Voluntary Assisted Return and Reintegration Programme (VARRP) 2003: an evaluation

Online Report 25/05 – The feasibility of using electronic job search facilities in prison

Online Report 27/05 – Facilitating witness co-operation in organised crime cases: an international review

Online Report 29/05 – Sizing the unauthorised (illegal) migrant population in the United Kingdom in 2001

Online Report 30/05 – The economic and social costs of crime against individuals and households 2003/04

Online Report 31/05 – Policing and the Criminal Justice System ? Public Confidence & Perceptions: Findings from the 2003/04 BCS

Online Report 32/05 – Action research study of the implementation of the National Offender Management Model in the North West Pathfinder

Online Report 34/05 – Fraud & Technology Crimes report; findings from the 2002/03 British Crime Survey and the 2003 Offending Crime and Justice Survey

Online Report 35/05 – Penalty notices for disorder statistics 2004 England and Wales

Community Policing in the UK

The Guardian Tuesday November 16, 2004,2763,1352074,00.html
David Blunkett wants policing to return to the days of Dixon of Dock Green – but with mobile phones. In St Helens, this kind of law enforcement is already in place. Is a charity car wash, though, the sort of duty the home secretary had in mind? Stephen Moss goes on the beat with some of the area’s community support officers

[…] Home secretary David Blunkett last week announced proposals for a new style of policing – less distant, more visible, community based. The initiative was instantly christened “Dixon of Dock Green with a mobile”: old-fashioned attitudes; new-fangled technology. In St Helens, on Merseyside, they like to feel they already have it: neighbourhood policing was introduced across the region in 2001 by the former chief constable Norman Bettinson, and over the past year two districts in St Helens – the town centre and the residential area of West Park – have been part of a national pilot to test so-called “reassurance policing”, the basis for the scheme that Blunkett intends to roll out nationally.