Learning from Police Deaths on Duty: A Case Study

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Title Learning from Police Deaths on Duty: A Case Study
Author Prenzler, Timothy James
Journal Name Policing
Editor P.A.J Waddington, Peter Neyroud
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Abstract This paper provides an in-depth study of one police officer death on duty in Australia. The paper draws primarily on the detailed Coroner’s inquest and final report into the death of Constable Brett Irwin, who was fatally shot by a career criminal when attempting to execute a warrant. The Coroner found that Irwin’s death was highly preventable. The findings have vital implications for police officer safety in many jurisdictions. They support and embellish the findings from quantitative research: that police must take an extremely cautious and highly organized approach to the routine task of arrest by warrant. In analysing the inquest, the paper goes further, emphasizing how computer-based criminal intelligence should feed into standardized risk management strategies and a much lower threshold for calling in special operations teams.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/police/paq033
Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 Oxford University Press. This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Policing following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Learning from Police Deaths on Duty: A Case Study, Policing, 4(4), 2010, pp. 421-431 is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/police/paq033.
Volume 4
Issue Number 4
Page from 421
Page to 431
ISSN 1752-4520
Date Accessioned 2011-02-08
Language en_US
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/37350
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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