Category Archives: Oceania

Use of force in New Zealand

New Zealand Police released a very thorough report and analysis of “tactical options” used during 2016, available here. There was no use of force in 99.9% of 3.5 million public interactions and in over 99% of “offender proceedings.” Tasers were … Continue reading

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Clever recruiting video

Police agencies around the world are getting more and more innovative with their recruiting practices. Here’s a clever video from the New Zealand Police — click the “watch now” button. The same video is here on Facebook.

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50/50 gender target in Australia’s Northern Territories

This article reports that women comprise 35% of the sworn police workforce in the Northern Territories, a remote section of Australia. The force has a goal of reaching a 50/50 gender split by 2020. Recruitment of constables, Aboriginal community officers, … Continue reading

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Deaths in police custody

The UK Home Office has completed a study of deaths in police custody, available here, with some comparisons to other countries. In the UK, most deaths are due to apparent suicide or natural causes, often associated with drugs/alcohol. Those arrested … Continue reading

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NZ POP winners

This column reports the 2017 winners of New Zealand’s annual problem-oriented policing competition. The overall top award went to an initiative in the Eastern Bay of Plenty aimed at diverting youthful Maori offenders from the justice system and reconnecting them … Continue reading

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Evidence-based policing in South Africa

This article describes some examples of evidence-based policing in South Africa and cites the establishment of a National Research Division within SAPS as an indication of growing emphasis on data and analysis to guide police policies and strategies. Also being … Continue reading

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POP finalists in New Zealand

This press release identifies four projects chosen as finalists in the 2017 problem-oriented policing competition held by the New Zealand Police. According to the contest lead, “All these initiatives reflected what it means to be a high-performing organisation, with our … Continue reading

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