Roberta Julian, Isabelle Bartkowiak-Théron, Jackie Hallam and Clarissa Hughes have recently published their research paper titled “Exploring law enforcement and public health as a collective impact initiative: lessons learned from Tasmania as a case study” in the Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice, Vol. 3 Issue: 2, https://doi.org/10.1108/JCRPP-03-2017-0014
The purpose of this paper is to examine the potential benefits as well as some of the practical barriers to the implementation of a collective impact initiative in law enforcement and public health (LEPH) in Tasmania, Australia.
The paper is based on a review of programs, agencies and initiatives that are at the intersection of law enforcement and public health in Tasmania, through (i) an analysis of the findings in evaluation reports, and (ii) the views of practitioners identified at a workshop on LEPH held at a national AOD conference and facilitated by the authors.
A significant proportion of the literature on law enforcement and public health remains at a conceptual and theoretical level. This contribution highlights some practical issues while looking at existing examples of collaboration across law enforcement and public health at a state level in Australia, and starts mapping a way forward for constructing more integrative LEPH initiatives.
About the Authors
Roberta Julian is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Tasmania, and is the founding Director of the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies (TILES). Associate Professor Julian also co-ordinates the University's Criminology, Law and Policing Studies (CLP) Research Group and the Forensic Studies UTAS consortium.
Dr Isabelle Bartkowiak-Théron is a Senior Lecturer and Tasmania Police Recruit Course Coordinator, University of Tasmania, and is a Senior Researcher with TILES. Dr Bartkowiak-Théron is a Co-Director of the Vulnerability, Resilience and Policing Research Consortium (VRPRC).
Dr Jackie Hallam is from the Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council of Tasmania. Dr Hallam has been associated with TILES through various past and present research and activities.
Dr Clarissa Hughes is a Senior Lecturer in Rural Health at the Charles Sturt University. Dr Hughes was a Research Fellow with TILES and one of the Chief Investigators on the Social Norms project.