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Report

Artificial intelligence and policing in Australia

This report analyses limitations, both technical and implementation, of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms, and the implications of those limitations on the safe, reliable and ethical use of AI in policing and law enforcement scenarios.
Report

Policing in small communities

This report explores how policing in small New Zealand communities can be improved to achieve better outcomes for officers and residents.
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Operation Turon: an investigation into alleged misconduct by a former Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner

Operation Turon was an investigation by the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) into the alleged police misconduct of then Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner, Brett Guerin.
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Police responses to people with disability

This project targets critical knowledge and practice gaps to build the Commission’s knowledge and evidence base about police processes, interactions and responses to people with disability, and how they can be improved.
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Australian Muslims’ experiences of policing and surveillance

This study examines Australian Muslims’ perspectives and attitudes towards law enforcement agencies.
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Effective management of serious police misconduct: a machine learning analysis

There are a range of management strategies available to police agencies to prevent serious misconduct. This study uses partial dependence plots to explore management strategies which have been identified as either increasing or decreasing risk of serious police misconduct.
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Bullying, culture and related issues in New Zealand Police

This document reports findings from an independent review of bullying and related cultural issues within the New Zealand Police.
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Report of the Inquiry into NSW Police Force strip search practices

The Inquiry into NSW Police Force strip search practices, set out in this report, represents a significant body of work - comprising a total of seven investigations, as well as an analysis of NSW Police Force policies and training, and oversight of police investigations of...
Working paper

Governing live automated facial recognition systems for policing in England and Wales

The use of live automated facial recognition (AFR) systems in England and Wales for law enforcement purposes has been the subject of criticism concerning the inadequacy of governance of the technology. This working paper contributes to public policy literature on technology governance, exploring governance through...
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Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants: final report

The Victorian government established this Royal Commission in December 2018, after the High Court of Australia upheld the decisions of Victorian courts to allow the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to disclose to a group of convicted persons that Victoria Police had used former defence...
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Accurately identifying the “person most in need of protection” in domestic and family violence law

When police are called to an incident of domestic and family violence (DFV), one of their tasks under DFV law is to determine whether a party is in need of protection from future harm. This research project focused on identifying areas of improvement in police...
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USA: losing the peace

This report argues that police forces at the city, county, state, and federal levels should all immediately reform their conduct through specialised trainings on the facilitation and protection of freedom of peaceful assembly, in line with their obligations under the US Constitution, international human rights...
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Penalties for assaults on public officers: final report

This report represents the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council's work to understand and reform sentencing for assaults on public officers.
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Street-level drug law enforcement: an updated systematic review

This updated review uses the Global Policing Database (GPD) to capture evaluations of the impact of street-level law enforcement interventions on drug crime and drug-related calls-for-service. The GPD is an online searchable database designed to capture all published and unpublished experimental and quasi-experimental impact evaluations...
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Operation Gloucester

Does Victoria Police have an ongoing ethical standards problem? This inquiry report on Operation Gloucester identifies a variety of improper practices by police officers, with respect to witness statements which did not comply with proper evidentiary and disclosure practices. The report identifies improper practices which...
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Implementing the firearms buy-back and amnesty scheme

As part of its response to the Christchurch mosque attacks, the New Zealand Parliament introduced a firearms buy-back and amnesty scheme. This report examines how effectively and efficiently the Police implemented the scheme.
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Critical condition: the impact of COVID-19 policies, policing and prisons on First Nations communities

This report highlights the ways Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been disproportionately affected by the more punitive and restrictive policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Report

Skewed priorities – comparing the growth of prison spending with police spending

This report was originally released in June 2019. The author has released this updated version to correct some errors in the underlying data.
Commentary

If Australian police officers are allowed to shoot to kill, they should be better trained

Firearm deaths occur in heated situations because police carry guns as standard issue. This article explores the imperatives for firearm training for Australian police officers.
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Unauthorised access and disclosure of information held by Victoria Police

This report provides an overview of the key risks associated with unauthorised access and disclosure of information by Victoria Police employees. It explores the drivers of these risks, as well as potential prevention, reporting and detection measures.