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Police perceptions of young people: a qualitative analysis

Richards, Kelly, Cross, C and Dwyer, A ORCID: 0000-0001-5152-7222 2018 , 'Police perceptions of young people: a qualitative analysis' , Police Practice and Research , pp. 1-16 , doi:

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Police views of young people inform the way they exercise discretion overthis group. However, few studies have sought to formally document andexamine police views of young people. The limited existing research isalso mostly dated. This article begins to address this gap in the literatureby presenting the results of semi-structured qualitative interviews with 41police officers from Queensland, Australia. Stemming from a larger studyof Police-Citizens Youth Clubs and using a grounded theory approachto data analysis, the article demonstrates the key ways in which policeconceptualised young people. It reveals that while police had varied views,they predominantly constructed young people as in need of intervention.The article concludes by arguing that such a conceptualisation of youngpeople could be problematic, given that police intervention has been shownto be a strong predictor of future criminal justice involvement.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Richards, Kelly and Cross, C and Dwyer, A
Keywords: police perceptions, young people, youth, policing
Journal or Publication Title: Police Practice and Research
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1561-4263
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