Community night patrols in the Northern Territory : toward an improved performance and reporting framework

Beacroft, L, Richards, Kelly, Andrevski, H, & Rosevear, L (2012) Community night patrols in the Northern Territory : toward an improved performance and reporting framework. AIC Reports: Technical and background paper series, 47. Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra.

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Abstract

This Technical and Background Paper summarises the results of a Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department’s funded project.

The project aimed to clarify the contribution of the community night patrol program in the Northern Territory (NT) to improving the community safety of Indigenous communities.

The paper recommends an improved framework for monitoring performance and reporting. Community night patrols or similar services operate in many other areas of Australia and internationally.

The paper concludes that the core business of community night patrols is (non-crisis) crime prevention not defacto policing. It also concludes that an unrecognised outcome of patrols is capturing and sharing local knowledge about community safety issues and solutions.

Over time, community night patrols should focus on working with other services to reduce the need for repeat assistance to persons at risk and for risky incidents. The recently released Northern Territory Emergency Response Evaluation Report (2011) confirmed that communities and service providers surveyed largely support night patrols, but better data is required to more comprehensively assess their performance.

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ID Code: 64640
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
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ISBN: 9781921532917
ISSN: 1836-2052
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Australian Institute of Criminology
Deposited On: 20 Nov 2013 05:31
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2013 04:13

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