Journal Article

Inviting Public Conversations about Policing: Experiences from New Zealand

Hamish McCardle and Mike Webb

in Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice

Volume 4, issue 3, pages 211-217
Published in print August 2010 | ISSN: 1752-4512
Published online July 2010 | e-ISSN: 1752-4520 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/police/paq030
Inviting Public Conversations about Policing: Experiences from New Zealand

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Hamish McCardle and Mike Webb hold senior management roles with the New Zealand Police. This paper highlights how in-depth public research helped inform the development of new policing legislation in New Zealand. As part of a two-and-a-half year review of the country’s 1950s era Police Act, the authors describe efforts that went into identifying law reform proposals that chime with what New Zealanders want and expect of their police. The paper concludes that, despite risks some perceived at the outset, the decision to invite wide-ranging public conversations about policing has resulted in a statute—the Policing Act 2008—which potentially sets a solid platform for ongoing trust and confidence in New Zealand’s police.

Journal Article.  3810 words. 

Subjects: Policing

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