GLBTI police liaison services : a critical analysis of existing literature

Dwyer, Angela E. & Ball, Matthew J. (2012) GLBTI police liaison services : a critical analysis of existing literature. In Bartkowiak-Theron, Isabelle & Travers, Max (Eds.) Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference, University of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS, pp. 11-18.

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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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ID Code: 55115
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: GLBTI (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex), police liaison officers, reporting
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 26 Nov 2012 22:32
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2013 12:44

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