A snapshot of crime prevention partnerships on Australian and American waterfronts

Water Crime Crime prevention Australia North America United States of America

This briefing paper summarises some of the key findings derived from three years of research into crime prevention arrangements on the waterfront. In particular, this briefing probes the partnerships between government and industry stakeholders implemented to enhance safety, security and prevent unlawful activity on the waterfront.

Using data collected at both an Australian and American port, it was possible to assess and evaluate the structure, nature, strength, and efficacy of collaboration in each jurisdiction. The findings showed that American authorities had considerably more success than their Australian counterparts in terms of building and maintaining constructive and effective security partnerships with industry.

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