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Title: Policing in rural Australia: The country cop as law enforcer and local resident
Contributor(s): Scott, John (author)orcid ; Jobes, Patrick Clark (author)
Publication Date: 2007
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/2470
Abstract: 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.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Crime in Rural Australia, p. 127-137
Publisher: Federation Press
Place of Publication: Sydney, Australia
ISBN: 9781862876354
Field of Research (FOR): 160806 Social Theory
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
Other Links: http://nla.gov.au/anbd.bib-an41551190
http://books.google.com.au/books?id=aU7fd3ia2yUC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA127
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