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Australian Policing
Critical Issues in 21st Century Police Practice

ISBN 9780367464677
Published November 30, 2020 by Routledge
524 Pages

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Book Description

This edited collection brings together leading academics, researchers, and police personnel to provide a comprehensive body of literature that informs Australian police education, training, research, policy, and practice. There is a strong history and growth in police education, both in Australia and globally. Recognising and reflecting on the Australian and New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA) education and training framework, the range of chapters within the book address a range of 21st-century issues modern police forces face. This book discusses four key themes:

  • Education, training, and professional practice: topics include police education, ethics, wellbeing, and leadership
  • Organisational approaches and techniques: topics include police discretion, use of force, investigative interviewing, and forensic science
  • Operational practices and procedures: topics include police and the media, emergency management, cybercrime, terrorism, and community management
  • Working with individuals and groups: topics include mental health, Indigenous communities, young people, hate crime, domestic violence, and working with victims

Australian Policing: Critical Issues in 21st Century Police Practice draws together theoretical and practice debates to ensure this book will be of interest to those who want to join the police, those who are currently training to become a police officer, and those who are currently serving. This book is essential reading for all students, scholars, and researchers engaged with policing and the criminal justice sector.

Table of Contents


Foreword by Michael Fuller


Examining Australian Policing in the 21st Century

Section 1: Education, Training, and Professional Practice

  1. Police Education in Australia
  2. Colin Rogers and Emma Wintle

  3. Becoming a pracademic: The importance of lifelong learning as a police officer in the 21st Century
  4. Melanie Boursnell and Philip Birch

  5. Police Leadership in the 21st Century
  6. Graham Sunderland and Ian Stewart

  7. The Incorporation of Multidisciplinary Approaches to Enhance Police Communication Strategies
  8. Ken Wooden

  9. A Critical Social Justice Issue of Our Time: Enabling Police Wellbeing
  10. Rhonda Craven, Herbert W. Marsh, Richard M. Ryan, Paul W.B. Atkins, Theresa Dicke, Jiesi Guo, Peter Gallagher, Brooke Van Zanden, Michael Kennedy, and Philip Birch

  11. Ethics and Police Practice
  12. Alan Beckley and Michael Kennedy

    Section 2: Organisational approaches and techniques

  13. Discretion: the elephant in the room
  14. Mark Findlay

  15. Criminal Intelligence in Australia
  16. Troy Whitford and Shane Lysons-Smith

  17. Investigative Interviewing and Police Practice
  18. Daren Jay and Gary Pankhurst

  19. Forensic Science in Policing
  20. Glenn Porter

  21. Police use of force: An examination of Australian Policing
  22. Dragana Kesic and Stuart D.M. Thomas

  23. Working with Others: Future Policing Partnerships
  24. Douglas E. Abrahamson and Jane Goodman-Delahunty

  25. Policing and Security: critiquing the privatisation story in Australia
  26. Rick Sarre and Tim Prenzler

    Section 3: Operational Practices and Procedures

  27. Police, Media, and the Digital age in Australia
  28. John Gaffey

  29. Public health and its interface with police practice in the 21st century
  30. Stuart D.M. Thomas

  31. Emergency Management and the role of state police
  32. Ian Manock and Simon Robinson

  33. Community Safety, Crime Prevention, and 21st Century policing
  34. Tim Prenzler and Rick Sarre

  35. Terrorism and the role of State Police
  36. Nick Kaldas

  37. Organised and Transnational Crime: The impact on Australian police
  38. Anthony Morgan, Rick Brown, Isabella Voce, and Timothy Cubitt

  39. Policing Cybercrime: An Inside Look at Private and Public Cybercrime Investigations
  40. Alana Maurushat and Hadeel Al-Alosi

  41. Australian Police Officers and International Policing Practice
  42. Kelly Moylan, Irena Veljanova, Michael Kennedy, and Philip Birch

    Section 4: Working with individuals and groups

  43. Mental Health and the Policing Context
  44. Erin Kruger

  45. Young people, the Police, and Policing
  46. Philip Birch and Louise A. Sicard

  47. Policing Settler Colonial Societies
  48. Amanda Porter and Chris Cunneen

  49. Hate Crime: Insights into the context, setting, and prevalence
  50. Philip Birch and Jane L. Ireland

  51. Policing Interpersonal Violence
  52. Mark R. Kebbell and Janet M. Evans

  53. Policing Domestic and Family Violence
  54. Christopher Dowling, Hayley Boxall, and Anthony Morgan

  55. Police interaction with vulnerable victims

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Philip Birch is Associate Professor of Criminology and Policing in the Centre for Law and Justice at Charles Sturt University, Australia.

Michael Kennedy has been a senior lecturer in the Western Sydney University Bachelor of Policing programme since 2004.

Erin Kruger is a lecturer in criminology and policing at Western Sydney University. 


"Birch, Kennedy and Kruger provide a well-balanced book in terms of theory and its integration to the real world of policing. This book serves an incredibly important purpose of not only supporting those who work in the field, but by providing academic institutions that teach policing, law enforcement and public safety courses a useful and meaningful text. It is an essential read for anyone involved in or who has an interest in the field of policing, especially in Australia."

Commissioner Michael Fuller APM, New South Wales Police Force, Australia