Country policing: Its not rocket science

Country policing: Its not rocket science Report

  • Author(s): Adcock, G.
  • Published: 2002
  • Publisher: The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust of Australia

Abstract: No matter what structural, policy and practice changes are made within policing circles, there must never be a divergence from basic policing practicalities and well researched and established assumptions. In this report I have tried to marry those assumptions and practical policing tactics with new and emerging technologies, trends and phenomena impacting on country communities. In order to bring all this together and make it work in a cohesive fashion, there must be a realistic and workable performance management and developmental plan for each officer. In essence, due to difficulties with establishing close supervision, you must have a motivated and professional police officer to ensure all of the necessary issues are addressed. My contribution to country policing encapsulates these issues with my own thoughts, ideas and experiences. They are: • Focusing a police officer’s attention on communicating with the community will form the basis of any successful policing strategy. • Forming a team with key people within the community to ‘problem-solve’ issues within a holistic community ‘frame work’ is the most effective and efficient approach to country policing. • The ‘health’ and ‘balance’ of a country community will impact directly on crime and disorder issues within a community and, as such, should be an important focus of a country police officer. • Early intervention in community and individual conflict and tensions is the most effective method of policing, with enhanced solvability and the reduction in operational safety issues. • The police service is the organization viewed by the public as the lead agency in solving community problems and therefore should provide leadership in this area. • The motivation and professional performance of a police officer, coupled with professional performance management by a supervisor, will be the most important factors in successfully ‘policing’ a country region. • Police tactics should be focused towards domestic violence, dysfunctional families, child abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, vehicle movement and youth to provide high value policing effort and long term benefit to the community. • Selection of personnel, recompense for country service and preparation for country service will provide a cost/benefit to personnel and the organization alike. • Training and personal development in the form of pre-country service training and on the job training will develop country personnel and transform country service in to a career enhancing option.

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