Innovating responses to managing risk : exploring the potential of a victim-focused policing strategy

PATERSON, Craig and CLAMP, Kerry (2014). Innovating responses to managing risk : exploring the potential of a victim-focused policing strategy. Policing, 8 (1), 51-58.

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This article explores the potential benefits of developing partnerships with victims in managing threats to their personal safety via smart police use of electronic monitoring technologies. The central premise for this position is that traditional surveillance responses that seek to manage offending behaviour have limited effectiveness and do not create a sense of security for victims. Using a pilot project currently underway in Buenos Aires, we extrapolate the potential implications of a victim-focused strategy for the policing role and the effectiveness of responses to high-risk repeat offences. The pilot project seeks to enhance victims’ sense of their own safety, reduce the risk of repeat violence and develop indirect benefits for police legitimacy. Utilized in this way, there is significant potential for electronic monitoring to facilitate smarter policing and demand reduction.

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Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Policing following peer review. The version of record Craig Paterson and Kerry Clamp (2014). 'Innovating responses to managing risk: exploring the potential of a victim-focused policing strategy' Policing. 8 (1): 51-58 first published online November 27, 2013 doi:10.1093/police/pat028 is available online at:
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Hallam Centre for Community Justice
Identification Number: 10.1093/police/pat028
Depositing User: Craig Paterson
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2015 13:39
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2015 12:23

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