Policing The Lucky Country addresses key challenges of contemporary Australian policing, and places them within the context of Australia’s particular culture and history.
The book’s approach is to combine policing case studies with an analysis of the wider social and political environment. Policing students are given information which enables them to think critically about contemporary policing practice and to understand the factors behind pervasive attitudes in the forces and the community. In this way, it aims to increase each officer’s range of responses, leading to appropriate policing practices and increased safety for the officer.
One of the key strengths of the book is the discussion of policing and indigenous persons, with articles on policing indigenous peoples and indigenous participation in policing. Specific police-indigenous clashes are examined and situated within the Aboriginal policies of the day. This historical perspective illuminates the discussion of current police force relationships with, and responsibilities towards, indigenous persons.
Other issues considered – the use of technology, the enforcement of drug laws, the maintenance of public order, the role of police in industrial disputes, the social construction of crime – are studied in similar fashion, and provide a useful source of information and discussion about areas of policing relevant to contemporary police work.
This book is designed for first year policing students, but will also be useful in criminology courses.
Part I – The Origins of Policing
Introduction: Australian policing in context
The social construction of crime and policing
Democratic control of police: How 19th-century political systems determine modern policing structures
Policing: Reflecting on the past, projecting into the future
Policing in the information age: Technological errors of the past in perspective
Part II – Policing and Indigenous Peoples
Policing and indigenous peoples in Australia
Indigenous participation in policing
The native police at Callandoon: a blueprint for forced assimilation?
Moreton Telegraph Station 1902: Native Police on Cape York Peninsula
Part III – Policing and Deviance
Inventing juvenile delinquency and determining its cure (or how many discourses can you hide in one construct?)
Dr Leonora Ritter
A history of methadone treatment in Australia: The influence of social control arguments in its development
Dr Morag McArthur
Stupor in paradise: drunkenness, disorder and drug offences in the Northern Territory 1870 – 1926
The evolution of impaired driver law: Victoria
Snr Sgt Martin C Boorman
Part IV – Policing, Politics and Industrial Disputes
After Arthur: Policing in Van Diemen’s Land 1837 – 1846
Dr Stefan Petrow
Barricades and batons: A historical perspective of the policing of major industrial disorder
Committees and commissions of inquiry into criminal justice agencies: A history repeating itself
Dr Desmond McDonnell