Investigating death: The emotional and cultural challenges for police

Carpenter, Belinda, Tait, Gordon, Quadrelli, Carol, & Thompson, Ian (2016) Investigating death: The emotional and cultural challenges for police. Policing and Society, 26(6), pp. 698-712.

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Abstract

The over-representation of vulnerable populations within the criminal justice system, and the role of police in perpetuating this, has long been a topic of discussion in criminology. What is less discussed is the way in which non-criminal investigations by police, in areas like a death investigation, may similarly disadvantage and discriminate against vulnerable populations. In Australia, as elsewhere, it is police who are responsible for investigating both suspicious and violent deaths like homicide as well as non-suspicious, violent deaths like accidents and suicides. Police are also the agents tasked with investigating deaths which are neither violent nor suspicious but occur outside hospitals and other care facilities. This paper, part of a larger funded Australian research project focusing on the ways in which cultural and religious differences are dealt with during the death investigation process, reports on how police describe – or are described by others – during their role in a non-suspicious death investigation, and the challenges that such investigations raise for police and policing. The employment of police liaison officers is discussed as one response to the difficulty of policing cultural and religious difference with variable results.

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ID Code: 82481
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: death, police, emotion, culture, religion
DOI: 10.1080/10439463.2015.1016024
ISSN: 1477-2728
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Policing and Society, 09 March 2015, http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10439463.2015.1016024
Deposited On: 13 Mar 2015 00:25
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2016 17:06

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