Crime control and community safety

The Policing Cluster of Research at ISSR focuses on contributing to the international evidence base on policing best practice.

Our flagship projects use Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) methods to test, evaluate and assess program effectiveness. The Queensland Community Engagement Trial (QCET) was the world’s first test of procedural justice policing and is being replicated in four countries around the world.

The Laureate Fellowship ABILITY Truancy Trial tests the effectiveness of policing partnerships. Underpinning much of our policing program of work is building knowledge on police legitimacy, at the local, state and national levels.

Using survey, experimental and quantitative statistical methods, our policing cluster of scholars works closely with police practitioners to ensure our work is both academically at the cutting edge of scholarship, and also relevant and helpful to police practitioners and policy makers. 

For more details about the program's activities, see the Evidence-Based Policing Website

Below is a list of research projects associated with this cluster.

Youth Gang Violence

Gang membership is an international issue which has impacted rates of crime around the world. Whilst similar organisations of gangs exist across the globe, each formation has its own culture and traditions that permeate the very community in which the gang is located. This project seeks to... Read more

HarvestR Validation

This project represents a rigorous scientific evaluation of HarvestR, and is expected to validate the technology in order to secure reseller licence with Leximancer and OEM licence to ThoughtWeb. HarvestR is software used to filter, prioritise and locate information from large text-based... Read more

Building Police Partnerships

Partnerships between police and other agencies, such as education providers, business operators, and other community agencies, are becoming more common in the modern era of policing, where police resources are required for a broader range of community issues with the goal being crime control.... Read more

The Counter Terrorism i-Library

The Counter Terrorism Intelligent Library (CTiL) is an initiative of the Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS). Developed in 2009, the CTiL is a database and associated infrastructure that identifies, records and maintains a list of counter-terrorism interventions, all accessible... Read more

Non-linear Dynamic Models

Non-linear dynamic models for attribution of Terrorist Attacks and Intervention Effectiveness. Attribution of terrorist attacks and understanding the effectiveness of targeted interventions is vital to assessing the effectiveness of counter-terrorism policy. Increased interest in evidence-based... Read more

Terrorism and CT in SE Asia

Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in SE Asia: The use of self-exciting models to assess the impact of CT measures on terrorist patterns over time. This grant proposes to develop mathematical models to for analyzing terrorist activity. These models will help to advance the existing theoretical... Read more

Law Enforcement Role in Controlling Misuse of Pharmaceuticals: Assessing the Impact of ProjectSTOP on Crime

ProjectSTOP is a real time recording (RTR) system designed to reduce the diversion of pseudoephedrine-based products used in the production of methamphetamine and to help pharmacists determine whether customers of pseudoephedrine products are legitimate or illegitimate users. We are the only... Read more

Assessing the Impact of Project STOP on Methamphetamine-Related Harm Indicators

Project STOP is a decision making tool for pharmacists aimed at preventing the diversion of pseudoephedrine-based medications for illicit production of methamphetamine.  Project STOP is an online real time system with 98% of all pharmacies in Queensland participating. It provides... Read more

Understanding How Criminals Decide Where and When to Offend

This project sought to understand the factors and processes that lead people to commit criminal offences. By building a comprehensive model of offender mobility, we will be better able to describe what influences burglar preferences about where and when to commit crime. This understanding will... Read more

Random Breath Testing and Alcohol-Related Traffic Crash Rates

This research examines the relationship between random breath testing (RBT) and alcohol-related traffic crash (ARTC) rates for all Australian states and territories. The results will provide an evi- dence base to consider best practice in terms of setting ratios of RBTs to licensed drivers.... Read more

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