The police and the public in Australia and New Zealand

Chappell, Duncan and Wilson, Paul R. (Paul Richard) The police and the public in Australia and New Zealand. St. Lucia, Qld.: University of Queensland Press, 1969.

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Author Chappell, Duncan
Wilson, Paul R. (Paul Richard)
Title The police and the public in Australia and New Zealand
Place of Publication St. Lucia, Qld.
Publisher University of Queensland Press
Publication year 1969
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Language eng
Total number of pages 214
Subjects 160205 Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
420202 Australian and New Zealand
Formatted Abstract/Summary

Commentators on the Antipodean way of life have long identified a strong anti-authoritarian trait among Australians and New Zealanders. It is an attitude which perhaps first came under the notice of the outside world during the course of the two World Wars when Australians, and to a lesser extent New Zealanders, gained the reputation of having little respect for military symbols of authority. Within Australia, anti-authoritarian attitudes have more recently been said to account for the average citizen's view of "the police as enemies, army officers as traitors to democracy... the boss as a barely necessary evil and anyone who gives an order as deeply suspect".

Because of the Australian's hostility towards those in power over him, it has been claimed that "relations between the police and the public are probably worse in Australia than anywhere else in the world".2 No evidence has been provided to support this sweeping statement, but it is a view quite frequently expressed in Australia, and, in the case of police-public relations in New Zealand, in that country as well.

This book discusses a research project which sought, as its principal aim, to establish objectively and authoritatively both what the Australasian public think of the police and what the police think about the public. It begins by looking at the important stages in the development of the Australian and New Zealand police forces with particular reference to placing in historical perspective many of the present-day problems confronting police, and in particular, the problem of establishing good relations with the public. The remaining chapters of the book discuss the results of surveys carried out by the authors on police-public relations and suggest methods of improving relations between the two groups. General police organization and working conditions are also discussed when they bear on the problem of police-public relations and police efficiency.

This book is largely the result of data generated from very substantial surveys carried out among citizens and the police in Australia and New Zealand. Because such a large part of the book is taken up with material gathered from thousands of interviews, it is important at this stage to mention the conceptual framework followed by the authors in conducting the surveys……. 
Keyword Police-community relations
Police -- New Zealand
Police -- Australia
Q-Index Code AX
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