The dilemmas of being a police auxiliary: An Australian case study of police liaison officers

Cherney, Adrian and Chui, Wing Hong (2011) The dilemmas of being a police auxiliary: An Australian case study of police liaison officers. Policing, 5 2: 180-187. doi:10.1093/police/par028


Author Cherney, Adrian
Chui, Wing Hong
Title The dilemmas of being a police auxiliary: An Australian case study of police liaison officers
Journal name Policing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1752-4520
1752-4512
Publication date 2011-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/police/par028
Volume 5
Issue 2
Start page 180
End page 187
Total pages 8
Place of publication Oxford, U.K.
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Public police agencies have aimed to improve their community liaison role through the establishment of police auxiliaries. These ‘quasi’ police positions form part of a broader police reform agenda focused on engaging racially and ethnically diverse communities. One example of this trend in Australia has been the emergence of Police Liaison Officers (PLOs). This article draws on research into a PLO programme in the Australian state of Queensland in order to explore the problems and dilemmas that can beset liaison officer programmes. It highlights the conflicts and problems that can arise from ambiguities inherent in the PLO role. These can be particularly pronounced for police auxiliaries who are of an ethnic/racial background. Implications for police policy and practice are identified.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published under Case Study.

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