Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies (TILES)

Policing Vulnerability

Policing Vulnerability consists of a consortium of researchers who engage in the study of vulnerability at conceptual and operational levels.

Research projects on vulnerability consist of the critical analysis of policing interaction with vulnerable people as defined in legislation and policy. They range from the study of definitions under legislation and policy, to the operationalisation of vulnerability in the field, in such areas as first contact, referrals, liaison schemes, standard operational procedures, communications, custody, release into the court and collaborative practice.

Members of the Policing Vulnerability research team include researchers who have expertise in police studies, socio-legal studies, criminology, sociology, psychology, and social theory.

Policing Vulnerability Members

The consortium also falls under the banner of the Vulnerability, Resilience and Policing Research Consortium (VRPRC)


  • Hughes D, Colvin E, Bartkowiak-Théron I,  'Police and vulnerability in bail decisions', International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 10(3). (2021) [Refereed Article].
  • Asquith NL, Bartkowiak-Theron I, Policing Practices and Vulnerable People, Palgrave Macmillan, Switzerland, pp. 263. ISBN 978-3-030-62869-7 (2021) [Authored Research Book] - Read related News on TILES