Confidence in the police : balancing public image with community safety : a comparative review of the literature

Keane, John & Bell, Peter (2013) Confidence in the police : balancing public image with community safety : a comparative review of the literature. International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, 41(3), pp. 233-246.

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Examining the evolution of British and Australian policing, this comparative review of the literature considers the historical underpinnings of policing in these two countries and the impact of community legitimacy derived from the early concepts of policing by consent. Using the August 2011 disorder in Britain as a lens, this paper considers whether, in striving to maintain community confidence, undue emphasis is placed on the police's public image at the expense of community safety. Examining the path of policing reform, the impact of bureaucracy on policing and the evolving debate surrounding police performance, this review suggests that, while largely delivering on the ideal of an ethical and strong police force, a preoccupation with self-image may in fact result in tarnishing the very thing British and Australian police forces strive to achieve – their standing with the public. This paper advocates for a more realistic goal of gaining public respect rather than affection in order to achieve the difficult balance between maintaining trust and respect as an approachable, ethical entity providing firm, confident policing in this ever-evolving, modern society.

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ID Code: 61182
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Policing reform, Policing performance, Policing by consent, Police public relations
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijlcj.2013.06.003
ISSN: 1756-0616
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Police Administration Procedures and Practice (160205)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
Copyright Statement: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, [Volume 41, Issue 3, (September 2013)] DOI: 10.1016/j.ijlcj.2013.06.003
Deposited On: 08 Jul 2013 02:59
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2017 04:20

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