Policing as a causal factor – a fresh view on riots and social unrest

Klein, Axel (2012) Policing as a causal factor – a fresh view on riots and social unrest. Safer Communities, 11 (1). pp. 17-23. ISSN 1757-8043. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to comment on the outbreak of disturbances in England and other parts of the world. It seeks to argue that in many cases rioting and the breakdown of public order is a direct response to policing practice. While many policy makers argue that a likely rise in public unrest during the economic downturn is an argument for raising funding for law enforcement, an examination of disturbances in England, France, the USA and Tunisia suggests that it is not the absence but the heavy and unrestrained presence of police that sparks disorder. This in turn relates to the functions policy makers have loaded onto the police, which have little to do with public safety but strain relations between law enforcement and the community. Design/methodology/approach – This paper is a policy assessment. Findings – Rioting in England began not because of the absence of police but because of poor police practice. The outbreak of riots at a time of austerity suggests that resources should be focused on core police functions, not the maintenance of public health or public morals. Originality/value – The paper provides a new look at the breakdown in public order.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Riots, Police, Aggression, Public safety, Communities
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Tony Rees
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2012 13:40
Last Modified: 29 May 2014 08:06
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/28627 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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