Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security


Quantifying and describing the South and South East Asian illicit antiquities trade: Australia as an overlooked destination?

This paper provides a preliminary analysis of the nature and scope of the Australian antiquities market. Introduction The illicit antiquities trade, especially concerning smaller, portable artefacts deliberately stolen from archaeological sites, temples and museums, remains the greatest threat to the global archaeological record. To date...
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Developing the “effective detective” of the future

The world is changing and the nature of detective work is changing with it. For instance, the rapid rise of technology has arguably changed how crimes are committed and investigated. Globalisation may mean that crime is more likely to cross international and domestic borders. An...

Defining the “effective detective”

Detectives have an important role in policing. The investigations they conduct are relied on to identify and convict those guilty of serious crimes. The stakes are high. Poor investigation may result in dangerous offenders remaining free to commit more crime or even the wrongful conviction...

Capturing “organised crime” in Australian law

This paper summarises scholarly approaches to the concept of organised crime, noting that such perspectives reflect the dominant sociohistorical discourses pertaining to each proposed model. The paper then examines current Australian legislative initiatives on thwarting organized crime – in particular, outlaw motorcycle gangs – querying...

‘The Compleat Analyst’: contemplating strategic intelligence in an age of international terrorism

Drawing an analogy between the specialist skills needed in fishing to that of strategic intelligence analysis, this paper revisits the selection criteria for analysts who focus on terrorism. As the global terrorist environment has changed significantly in the post-2001 era, additional analytical capabilities need to...