Journal Article

Policing the Melbourne Street Heroin Trade: Perspectives of Vietnamese Australian Social Justice Professionals

James Scambary and Denise Meredyth

in Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice

Volume 7, issue 1, pages 72-78
Published in print March 2013 | ISSN: 1752-4512
Published online August 2012 | e-ISSN: 1752-4520 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/police/pas028
Policing the Melbourne Street Heroin Trade: Perspectives of Vietnamese Australian Social Justice Professionals

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Drawing on a 4-year research project, ‘Exploring the experience of security in the Vietnamese-Australian community: practical implications for policing’, this article examines the perspectives of Melbourne Vietnamese–Australian community outreach and legal professionals on policing the drug trade. Engaging with current debates on the tensions between traditional or standard policing styles and community-oriented policing styles, the article argues that the current over-reliance on traditional policing styles, with an emphasis on zero tolerance strategies is diminishing already low trust of the police within the Vietnamese–Australian community and undermining longer term community engagement strategies.

Journal Article.  3572 words. 

Subjects: Policing

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