In an international backdrop of ecomic and political instability, policing is becoming more professionalised, and the human rights of victims and offenders are increasingly scrutinised. Police organisations and their personnel (sworn and unsworn) are required to do more, often with fewer public resources. This collection begins to answer important questions in relation to the policing of vulnerable communities, or vulnerable people . Contributors have considered what police officers need to kw about vulnerable people, in order for them to do their job well. They have also considered the impact of legal categories of vulnerability on police operational procedures. Each chapter offers a critical evaluation of contemporary practices at each point of the policing process, and provides practical solutions for strengthening frontline and management capacity in vulnerable people policing. Chapters provide analytical, theoretical and empirical insight on vulnerable people policing and reflect on critical issues in a domain that is increasingly subject to media and political scrutiny, and speedy conversion from policy to practice. The contributions provide an evaluation of contemporary strategies in policing (and, in some cases, the wider criminal justice system) using a range of research approaches: from overview, to gap analysis, and in most chapters, critical discussions of best practice approaches.
Isabelle is the Discipline Coordinator of Police Studies, University of Tasmania and Senior Researcher, Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies. Isabelle teaches and researches policing, and specialises in the topic of vulnerable populations and policing. She teaches this very topic at the Tasmania Police Academy, a role she was already undertaking with the New South Wales Police Force, when she was working at Charles Sturt University. She is a member of the Australian University Community Engagement Alliance Scholarship Committee, a member of the Ethical Review and Research Governance Advisory Committee of the Australian Institute of Police Management. She is also an Associate Investigator at the Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security, and a member of the Australia Crime Prevention Council. She is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Charles Sturt University, in the School of Police Studies. Nicole is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Deakin University, and Associate Senior Research Fellow with the Tasmania Institute of Law Enforcement Studies, University of Tasmania. Nicole has worked as a practitioner and academic in the areas of policing hate crime, and policing in culturally and linguistically diverse societies for over 15 years. Her current research with the London Metropolitan Police Service uses forensic linguistics to understand the context of hate speech in hate crime. Her work has been published in a range of edited collections and journals, and she is the co-author (with Rob White and Janine Haines) of Crime and Criminology.
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