Managing alcohol related incidents: perceptions of police officers

Findlay, Robyn, Sheehan, Mary C., Davey, Jeremy D., Brodie, Helen, & Rynne, Frank (2000) Managing alcohol related incidents: perceptions of police officers. International Journal of Police Science and Management, 31(1), pp. 26-39.


This study investigates police management of alcohol-related incidents. Data from entries in police activity logs and responses to a survey on this issue were analysed. The results show that police experience varying degrees of difficulty when managing alcohol-related incidents. Police consider domestic incidents by far the hardest type of incident to handle and licensed nightclubs the most difficult location for managing alcohol-related incidents. Other factors, such as the presence of an audience and the involvement of aggressive persons or particular minority groups, impact strongly on the difficulty of the situation. The study found significant differences between newer recruits and long-standing officers in their response to alcohol-related incidents. Newer recruits were more confident about managing nearly all situations except those involving persons with mental illness. An important finding was that police were able to nominate prior areas of knowledge and situational skills which could be included in training to assist in handling alcohol-related incidents more effectively.

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ID Code: 9153
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
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ISSN: 1478-1603
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 (The authors)
Deposited On: 21 Jan 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2009 07:42

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