The Evolution of Human Resource Management in Policing

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Title The Evolution of Human Resource Management in Policing
Author Drew, Jacqueline Mary; Prenzler, Timothy James
Book Title The Fitzgerald Legacy: Reforming Public Life in Australia and Beyond
Editor Colleen Lewis, Janet Ransley & Ross Homel
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australian Academic Press
Abstract The last two decades have seen significant changes in the way in which police around the world have sought to attract, recruit, retain, train and develop police personnel. In Australia, the Fitzgerald report based on a review of the Queensland Police, was very much at the forefront of progressive policy about human resource practices in policing and set an agenda for a more scientific approach to the management of personnel. This chapter outlines Fitzgerald's recommendations in the area of human resource management and charts the shifting interpretations and commitment that followed over twenty years. The Queensland Police Service (QPS) has made significant progress in a number of areas, including the police-to-population ratio; reform of the promotional system to embrace merit; civilianisation; the systems for recruitment and promotion; and in training and tertiary education. Significant progress has also been made in regard to Fitzgerald's recommendation about removing sex discrimination in recruitment, and substantial efforts have been made in recruiting indigenous people. However, the lack of external evaluation and lack of public record information make it extremely difficult to come to reliable conclusions about the extent of improvements.
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Copyright Statement Self-archiving is not yet supported by this publisher. Please refer to the publisher's website or contact the author(s) for more information.
Chapter Number 8
Page from 134
Page to 153
ISBN 9781921513350
Date Accessioned 2010-05-11
Language en_AU
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
Publication Type Book Chapters
Publication Type Code b1

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