Policing vulnerability through building community connections

PATERSON, Craig and BEST, David (2016). Policing vulnerability through building community connections. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 10 (2), 150-157.

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Most people who come into contact with the Police Service can be described, in some way or other, as vulnerable. Victims, offenders, witnesses, and bystanders are all exposed to social conflict and attempts by the police to restore order. Thus, while vulnerability is context-specific it is largely defined via deficit frameworks that view individuals and groups as marginalized or disadvantaged and requiring immediate intervention. This framework is expensive, risk-averse, and often counter-productive for police and associated agencies. The policy push for demand reduction amongst policing agencies offers an opportunity to re-evaluate this approach and to identify and mobilize local assets that can support vulnerable populations. This article draws on the literature on addictions and recovery to explore the networks of support available to vulnerable populations and the potential mechanisms this presents for the development of assertive linkages, community capacity, and self-policing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: policing, vulnerability, mental ill health, community, assets
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Law Research Group
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities > Department of Law and Criminology
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1093/police/pav036
Page Range: 150-157
Depositing User: Craig Paterson
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2016 14:51
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 04:09
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13992

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