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Doing more for less in changing times? The use of volunteers in policing

Doing more for less in changing times? The use of volunteers in policing

Pepper, Melissa ORCID: 0000-0002-7211-2349 (2017) Doing more for less in changing times? The use of volunteers in policing. In: American Society of Criminology 73rd Annual Meeting, 15-18 Nov 2017, Philadelphia, USA. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Police Support Volunteers (PSVs) - citizens who give their time freely to perform tasks that complement the duties of police officers and staff - are a relatively new addition to an established police volunteer history. Against a backdrop of reducing budgets, a pluralising workforce, and recent legislative changes enabling chief officers to confer a wider range of powers, it is likely that PSVs will become an increasingly prominent feature of policing in England and Wales. However, little is known about PSVs: who volunteers, what is their contribution to policing, and what are their experiences within an organisation that is traditionally characterised by danger, suspicion, social isolation and group loyalty, and a resistance towards tasks that do not conform to a tough ‘crime fighter’ image – compounded by a general sense of apathy towards ‘others’? Drawing on empirical research conducted within London’s Metropolitan Police Service, this paper explores these issues through the voices of 'on the ground' volunteers themselves, at a time when politicians, policy makers and practitioners are exploring methods for delivering criminal justice services in an ever changing terrain.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: volunteers, volunteers in policing
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Law & Criminology (LAC)
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/30431

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