Policing in Rural Australia: The country cop as law enforcer and local resident

Scott, John & Jobes, Patrick (2007) Policing in Rural Australia: The country cop as law enforcer and local resident. In Barclay, Elaine, Donnermeyer, Joseph F, Hogg, Russell, & Scott, John (Eds.) Crime in Rural Australia. Federation Press, Sydney, pp. 127-137.

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The strategies and techniques that police officers employ are adaptations to the types of communities they serve and the law enforcement system of which they are part. Observations of policing in rural and urban areas of Australia indicate that, despite being part of a single state police service, officers develop working philosophies that are systematically adapted to the locations they serve. Bayley (1989) has observed that while crimes are policed in the city, people are policed in the country. Rural police officers often adopt a community-based model of policing in which officers become integrated into a community and establish compatible community relations. While this model can produce successful results, with integration into informal social networks providing police increased opportunities to solve crime, rural police regularly find themselves occupying competing roles of law enforcer and local resident. This chapter will outline how the organisation and structure of rural communities impacts upon policing, noting distinct issues associated with police work in rural settings. Before examining current aspects of rural policing, a brief discussion of the historical and cultural context of rural policing is provided.

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ID Code: 79059
Item Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 9781862876354
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: Federation Press
Deposited On: 12 Jan 2015 04:04
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2016 15:15

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