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Lengthening the Arm of the Law
Enhancing Police Resources in the Twenty-First Century

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Criminology

  • Date Published: November 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521732598


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  • Relentless fiscal pressures faced by the public police over the last few decades have meant that police organisations have had to find new ways to obtain and harness the resources needed to achieve their goals. Through entering into relationships of coercion, commercial exchange, and gift with a wide variety of external institutions and individuals operating in both public and private capacities, police organisations have risen to this challenge. Indeed, police organisations are increasingly operating within a business paradigm. But what are the benefits of these relationships and the nature of the risks that might accompany reliance upon them? This book examines these new modes of exchange between police and ‘outsiders’ and explores how far these relationships can be taken before certain fundamental values – equity in the distribution of policing, cost-effectiveness in the delivery of police services, and the legitimacy of the police institution itself – are placed in jeopardy.

    • Comprehensive mapping of arrangements between police organisations and third parties
    • Exploration of the effects of these arrangements on cost-effectiveness, equity, and legitimacy
    • Global focus with examples from all regions with emphasis on US, UK, Australia, Canada, and South Africa
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    '… (to return to the main thrust of the book) there are risks to reputation if everything is for sale. What are the police for? … who are they serving? As the authors say, police constantly have to make choices, because they do not have the resources to do everything the public feel the police ought to do.' Retail Security: Fraud and Loss Prevention Magazine

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521732598
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Obtaining and allocating police resources
    3. Coercion
    4. Sale – buying
    5. Sale – selling
    6. Gift
    7. Ambiguous exchanges and the police
    8. Conclusions.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Incarceration in America
    • Policing and Social Control
  • Authors

    Julie Ayling, Australian National University, Canberra
    Julie Ayling is a Research Associate in the Regulatory Institutions Network at The Australian National University. She previously worked as a senior lawyer in a number of Australian government departments and authorities.

    Peter Grabosky, Australian National University, Canberra
    Peter Grabosky is Professor at the Regulatory Institutions Network, The Australian National University, and Deputy Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security. He is the 2006 winner of the Sellin-Glueck Award of the American Society of Criminology. He is author most recently of Electronic Crime (2007) and Cyber Criminals on Trial (with Russell G. Smith and Gregor Urbas; Cambridge University Press, 2004), which won the Outstanding Book Award of the American Society of Criminology's Division of International Criminology.

    Clifford Shearing, University of Cape Town
    Clifford Shearing is Professor of Law at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He has held positions at the University of Toronto, the Australian National University, and the University of the Western Cape. He is author most recently of Imagining Security (with Jennifer Wood; 2007) and Governing Security (with Les Johnston; 2003).

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