Crime control and community safety

The Policing Cluster of Research at ISSR focuses on contributing to the international evidence base on policing best practice.

Our flagship projects use Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) methods to test, evaluate and assess program effectiveness. The Queensland Community Engagement Trial (QCET) was the world’s first test of procedural justice policing and is being replicated in four countries around the world.

The Laureate Fellowship ABILITY Truancy Trial tests the effectiveness of policing partnerships. Underpinning much of our policing program of work is building knowledge on police legitimacy, at the local, state and national levels.

Using survey, experimental and quantitative statistical methods, our policing cluster of scholars works closely with police practitioners to ensure our work is both academically at the cutting edge of scholarship, and also relevant and helpful to police practitioners and policy makers. 

For more details about the program's activities, see the Evidence-Based Policing Website

Below is a list of research projects associated with this cluster.

Violent Crime in Developing Countries

This project will produce a systematic review of the effects of justice system interventions on violent crime in developing countries. This review has been funded by 3ie, the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, an organisation that focuses on using evidence evaluation to improve lives... Read more

The National Security and Preparedness Study (NSPS)

The NSPS contributes to the literature surrounding the sociology of disasters, resilience and recovery, and preparedness for both natural and man-made (e.g. terrorism) disasters in the Australian context and asks: How do global and community-wide security threats or incidents affect Australians... Read more

Multi-Site Trials of Third Party Policing: Project ABILITY

Project ABILITY is an initiative of the Queensland Police Service, with programmatic funding through the National Drug Strategy Law Enforcement Funding Committee (NDSLEFC), the Queensland Police Service Drug and Alcohol Unit as well as The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and... Read more

The Queensland Community Engagement Trial

The Queensland Community Engagement Trial (QCET) is the world’s first randomised field trial that tested whether procedurally just encounters between the police and citizens can improve citizen perceptions of police. Working closely with the Queensland Police Service (QPS), the research team... Read more

Evaluation of "Coordinated Response to Young People at Risk" (CRYPAR)

The Coordinated Response to Young People at Risk Program (CRYPAR) was initiated by the Queensland Police Service (QPS) in 2006 in the North Brisbane and Pine Rivers Policing Districts, and later expanded to include Logan and Rockhampton. It recognised that mainstream policing approaches - with... Read more

Control Chart Methodology to Monitor Workload & Performance Measures

This research focuses on the further development and refinement of control chart methodology for monitoring organisational activity, resourcing and performance outcomes to inform management decisions within the AFP. This project extended current lists of performance measures to incorporate a... Read more

Systematic Review of Legitimacy in Policing

The Research, Analysis and Information Unit (RAI) of the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) have identified ‘the procedural justice thesis’ as an important development in policing research with plans to replicate US research in a UK context. To facilitate their research agenda... Read more

Intelligence Methods

The “intell methods” project is part of the “Attacking Serious and Organized Crime” program of research. It is unique in that it is funded to start in 2012. The foundations and preparatory work for this project has been funded by two grants from the Department of Prime... Read more

Targeted Crime: Policing and Social Inclusion

This project will undertake a criminological study of the policing of targeted incidents and crime, that is, incidents and crimes motivated by bias, prejudice or hatred towards members of particular groups, communities and individuals. It will develop a best practice policing framework for... Read more

Youth Gang Violence

Gang membership is an international issue which has impacted rates of crime around the world. Whilst similar organisations of gangs exist across the globe, each formation has its own culture and traditions that permeate the very community in which the gang is located. This project seeks to... Read more

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