Third-party policing: A theoretical analysis of an emerging trend

Buerger, Michael E and Lorraine Green Mazerolle (1998) Third-party policing: A theoretical analysis of an emerging trend. Justice Quarterly, 15 2: 301-328. doi:10.1080/07418829800093761

Author Buerger, Michael E
Lorraine Green Mazerolle
Title Third-party policing: A theoretical analysis of an emerging trend
Journal name Justice Quarterly   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0741-8825
Publication date 1998-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/07418829800093761
Volume 15
Issue 2
Start page 301
End page 328
Total pages 28
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract “Third-party policing” describes police efforts to persuade or coerce nonoffending persons to take actions which are outside the scope of their routine activities, and which are designed to indirectly minimize disorder caused by other persons or to reduce the possibility that crime may occur. The practice applies formal, noncriminal controls found in civil law as coercive tools against an intermediate class of nonoffending persons who are thought to have some power over offenders' primary environments. The police use coercion to create place guardianship that previously was absent, so as to decrease opportunities for crime and disorder. We link the theoretical bases of crime prevention to the theory of third-party policing, and examine gaps in traditional policing that have led to a formalization of policing through third parties. We examine third-party policing in two location-specific programs: the drug-abatement Beat Health Program in Oakland and the problem-solving RECAP Unit in Minneapolis. We conclude by discussing the potential ramifications of the third-party trend.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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