The 7th SIPR Annual Lecture: The Power of Policing Partnerships

13th November 2013

by Professor Lorraine Mazerolle, Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland, Australia

Lorraine Mazerolle is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and Research Professor in the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) at the University of Queensland. She is the Foundation Director and a Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS) and a Chief Investigator in the Drug Policy Modelling Program. Professor Mazerolle is an experimental criminologist who is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology, past President of the Academy, and foundation Vice President of the American Society of Criminology Division of Experimental Criminology. She is the 2013 winner of the Joan McCord Award and 2010 winner of the Freda Adler Award. Professor Mazerolle is the author of five scholarly books and over 80 research articles and book chapters, writing on topics such as community capacity, drug law enforcement, third party policing, regulatory crime control, displacement of crime, and crime prevention.

Programme and Abstract

PowerPoint Presentation [2.35 Mb]


Introduction and Address by Professor Mazerolle [44 minutes, 15.9Mb]


Q & A Session [36 minutes, 12.9 Mb]


17.30     Registration and tea / coffee

Chair:   Peter Wilson, Chair, SIPR International Advisory Board

18.00     Welcome
             Introduction : Professor Nicholas Fyfe (Director, SIPR)

18.10     Professor Lorraine Mazerolle
             The Power of Policing Partnerships

19.00     Q & A Session
             Vote of Thanks

19.30     Buffet

20.00     Depart

The power of policing partnerships is explored within the context of Third Party Policing (TPP) Theory. In TPP, police forge partnerships with "third parties" to prevent (or control) crime problems in places (or situations) where guardians are ineffective or absent. Third party partners access legal levers to regulate, control or prevent crime problems. Drawing on the Australian Research Council (ARC) funded ABILITY Trial, this lecture explores the power and dynamics of TPP and the relative effectiveness of different types of partnerships and legal levers. In ABILITY, police partner with a third party (the Department of Education and Training) and use existing, school-based legal levers (such as truancy letters, warnings of intention to prosecute and parental prosecution for persistent non-attendance at school) to reduce truancy and other anti-social behaviour (including crime). The ABILITY experimental intervention involves the use of Family Group Conferences as a forum for bringing together high-level truanting young people, their guardian(s), as well as representatives from police and schools. This lecture focuses on the partnerships between police and schools, presenting results from the ABILITY Trial, and discussing the impact of police partnerships on the lives of young truants.

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