Reflections on a successful sustainable partnership between police and researchers: responding to violent assaults against police in North Queensland

Casson, Darryn, Guteridge, Kevin, and Dawes, Glenn (2019) Reflections on a successful sustainable partnership between police and researchers: responding to violent assaults against police in North Queensland. James Cook University Law Review, 25. pp. 107-117.

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Abstract

A corpus of research exists which focuses on the value of partnerships between police and academic researchers. Some of the literature highlights the potential positive outcomes of successful partnerships for police in terms of informing policing practices and for academic researchers as a way of enhancing the impact of their research. Other studies identify the potential obstacles for developing successful and sustainable partnerships such as obtaining funding to conduct projects as well as overcoming a traditional mutual mistrust between police and academics. This paper provides a reflection on a successful partnership between Queensland Police Service and researchers at James Cook University in Townsville with reference to a project which focused on police as the victims of violent assaults in the course of their everyday duties. This co-authored paper assisted members of the research team to engage in a reflective practice to identify ‘what works’ well in partnerships, such as having sufficient time to develop a genuine rapport, working within a participatory methodological framework for conducting the research and co-producing a set of outcomes couched in accessible language in order to inform police practices. The paper concludes with a discussion of how the partnership has the possibility of emerging as an example of the ‘third research tradition’ which is characterised by productive and sustainable long-term collaborative partnerships between academics and police.

Item ID: 62363
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1839-2792
Keywords: partnerships, police , violence, university
Funders: James Cook University, Queensland Police Service
Projects and Grants: James Cook University Partnership Grant
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2020 04:11
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1602 Criminology > 160201 Causes and Prevention of Crime @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1602 Criminology > 160205 Police Administration, Procedures and Practice @ 30%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1602 Criminology > 160202 Correctional Theory, Offender Treatment and Rehabilitation @ 20%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940402 Crime Prevention @ 50%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940404 Law Enforcement @ 50%
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