Policing the Waterfront

Policing the Waterfront : Networks, Partnerships, and the Governance of Port Security

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Long recognised as a site where criminal elements have flourished, the waterfront has been exploited for centuries by opportunistic individuals for a whole raft of illicit purposes. Policing the Waterfront: Networks, Partnerships, and the Governance of Port Security is the first book of its kind to fully explore the intricacies of how crime is controlled on the waterfront, and in doing so, seeks to enhance current theoretical understandings of the policing
partnerships that exist between state and non-state actors.

Charting the complex configuration of security networks using a range of analytical techniques, this book presents new empirical data, which exposes and explains the social structures that enable policing partnerships to function on the waterfront. Particularly striking is the use of enhanced and adjusted theoretical discussions, to both shape and develop previous policing and security debates - resulting in a work that is both innovative and, yet, still routed in the traditions of empirical
research. The analysis is achieved through a comparative research design, evaluating the narratives of both state and non-state security providers at the busiest ports in America and Australia: the Los Angeles/Long Beach Port Complex and the Port of Melbourne.

Policing the Waterfront presents a rich and highly original account of the underlying structures that foster, facilitate, and enhance policing partnerships on the waterfront, and will be of interest to scholars in the fields of criminology, sociology, law, socio-legal and policy studies, as well as those researching and studying policing, regulation, security, mass transportation, and social capital.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 155 x 229 x 22mm | 442g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0199687366
  • 9780199687367
  • 1,142,658

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Policing the Waterfront traces the progress of an academic who has brought his considerable understanding of social capital and its concomitants to the real world of creating, nurturing and maintaining relationships among those responsible for the public security at the ports of Los Angeles and Melbourne. That trusting relationships are necessary to any partnership is self-evident. The value of this book lies in its demonstration of the conceptual framework
from which concrete steps can be taken to build that trust. * Earl Moulton, Police Practice and Research: An Internatinal Journal * I enjoyed Policing the Waterfront immensely. It is a handsome volume from an erudite writer, and an excellent new title for the Clarendon Studies in Criminology series. The book is essential reading for any person who has an interest in modern policing partnerships and the "co-production" of policing. One hopes that our policy-makers can take heed, too, of the propositions for reform that the author espouses. * Rick Sarre, University of South Australia, Flinders Law Journal * I am sure that anyone with an interest in thinking about how to get different regulatory and law enforcement agencies to collaborate efficiently will find much food for thought in Brewer's observations. * James Gillespie, Barrister (Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law, Vol 30 2016) *
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About Russell Brewer

Dr Russell Brewer is a Lecturer at Flinders University Law School, and an Associate Investigator in the Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS). He holds a PhD in Law from the Australian National University, and is currently a Departmental Visitor at that institution. His research interests include policing, crime prevention, organised crime, and social networks and he has spent the past few years examining crime control strategies on American and
Australian waterfronts - looking specifically at the successes (and failures) of public/private policing partnerships.
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