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

Non-linear Dynamic Models

Non-linear dynamic models for attribution of Terrorist Attacks and Intervention Effectiveness. Attribution of terrorist attacks and understanding the effectiveness of targeted interventions is vital to assessing the effectiveness of counter-terrorism policy. Increased interest in evidence-based... Read more

The Counter Terrorism i-Library

The Counter Terrorism Intelligent Library (CTiL) is an initiative of the Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS). Developed in 2009, the CTiL is a database and associated infrastructure that identifies, records and maintains a list of counter-terrorism interventions, all accessible... Read more

Terrorism and CT in SE Asia

Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in SE Asia: The use of self-exciting models to assess the impact of CT measures on terrorist patterns over time. This grant proposes to develop mathematical models to for analyzing terrorist activity. These models will help to advance the existing theoretical... Read more

Law Enforcement Role in Controlling Misuse of Pharmaceuticals: Assessing the Impact of ProjectSTOP on Crime

ProjectSTOP is a real time recording (RTR) system designed to reduce the diversion of pseudoephedrine-based products used in the production of methamphetamine and to help pharmacists determine whether customers of pseudoephedrine products are legitimate or illegitimate users. We are the only... Read more

Assessing the Impact of Project STOP on Methamphetamine-Related Harm Indicators

Project STOP is a decision making tool for pharmacists aimed at preventing the diversion of pseudoephedrine-based medications for illicit production of methamphetamine.  Project STOP is an online real time system with 98% of all pharmacies in Queensland participating. It provides... Read more

Understanding How Criminals Decide Where and When to Offend

This project sought to understand the factors and processes that lead people to commit criminal offences. By building a comprehensive model of offender mobility, we will be better able to describe what influences burglar preferences about where and when to commit crime. This understanding will... Read more

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