Policing in a Time of Austerity: Understanding the Public Protection Paradox through Qualitative Interviews with Police Monitoring Officers

Mann, Natalie and Devendran, Priya and Lundrigan, Samantha (2018) Policing in a Time of Austerity: Understanding the Public Protection Paradox through Qualitative Interviews with Police Monitoring Officers. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice. ISSN 1752-4520

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Abstract

This article examines the changing nature of public protection police work in a climate of continued austerity and increasing prosecutions for sexual offending, which have impacted significantly on the workloads of police teams who manage and monitor registered sexual offenders in the community. This increase has run parallel to a decrease in the general policing budget, which has seen it cut by an average of 22% across England and Wales (BBC, 2017). Utilising data from observations and in-depth qualitative interviews with police officers from a force in England, this article highlights the effect which cost saving measures have had on the professional standards of the police service in the management of sex offenders; how collaborative working practices have been hindered by these austerity measures, and finally how continual cuts have had a detrimental effect on the police’s ability to protect the public.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Austerity, policing, sexual offenders
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Natalie Mann
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2018 09:30
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2019 16:09
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/703972

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