Gender Discrimination and Regulatory Behaviour: An Exploratory Study in Policing

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Title Gender Discrimination and Regulatory Behaviour: An Exploratory Study in Policing
Author Prenzler, Timothy James
Journal Name International Journal of Police Science and Management
Editor Ian McKenzie
Year Published 2004
Place of publication Isle of Man
Publisher Vathek
Abstract This paper examines the relationship between police departments and equity agencies in Australia. Previous research has shown marked differences in the performance of police in fulfilling the requirements of equity legislation. Responsibility for ensuring compliance with antidiscrimination and affirmative action legislation rests with equity agencies — which 'police the police'. The paper reports the results from a survey of these agencies to obtain their accounts of factors facilitating or hindering police compliance. These factors are framed in terms of agency powers, resources, regulatory strategies and police responses. The study found that regulatory agencies were highly detached from police departments and that differences in compliance were largely the result of factors independent of regulatory action. A 'culture of under-enforcement' remained as the most likely explanation for regulatory failure. The paper concludes by emphasising the need for more active monitoring and a more confrontational approach to under-achieving departments.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2004 Vathek Publishing Ltd. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Use hypertext link to access the publisher's webpage.
Volume 6
Issue Number 3
Page from 171
Page to 182
ISSN 1461-3557
Date Accessioned 2005-03-16
Language en_AU
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject PRE2009-Criminology
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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