Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies (TILES)

TILES December 2022 Newsletter

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Welcome to the TILES Newsletter, Volume 4, December 2022.

The Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies is the premier Australian research institute focused on the issues facing law enforcement and allied industries in Australia.

Our biannual newsletter provides an overview of our activity over the last six months, including publications and outputs, grants, consultancies and contracts, HDR announcements, industry engagement, and much more.

You can also read more about these activities throughout the year on our website.

In the spotlight

TILES Communities of Practice

In late 2022, TILES initiated a new program of knowledge exchange called Communities of Practice (CoP). TILES researchers will host academics, pracademics, and practitioners for webinars on critical issues in policing and criminal justice, with the goal of exchanging views, sharing knowledge, and co-creating applied solutions to the wicked problems facing police organisations in Australia and the region. Each CoP will be recorded and available to view after the event for those who cannot attend.

To launch the series, TILES held a CoP on ‘Supporting police officer wellbeing: research and practice’ on Monday 17 November. Ex-Inspector (Q) Dr Carol Cox (Liverpool John Moores University) shared her research on the use of Whoop fitness trackers to monitor and improve police officer stress and mental health. Director of Wellbeing and Support, Matthew Richman discussed current initiatives in the Tasmanian Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management. Acting Inspector Miro Majstorovic (Victoria Police) spoke about his PhD research on psychological injuries experienced by Australian police officers, with a focus on injury prevalence rates and treatment efficacy. You can view the webinar at this link.

Screenshot of Zoom meeting. A gallery view of five people is pictured. The people are Nicole Asquith, Kate Cashman, Miro Majstorovic, Matthew Richman and Carol Cox. Nicole Asquith is speaking.

Supporting police officer wellbeing: research and practice

The second CoP was held on 24 November and focussed on police use of force. Dr Ross Hendy (Monash University) shared his work on how operational police firearms policies in Australia, England and Wales, and New Zealand coalesce with changes in the rate of shootings, and challenge the routinely armed / non-routinely armed paradigm. Associate Professor Clare Farmer (Deakin University) discussed media representation of officer involved shootings and gun handling in police dramas and differences in these representations between Britain and the United States, changes overtime, and broader social implications. You can view the webinar at this link.

In 2023, TILES hopes to host Communities of Practice on a range of topics including policing and climate change, police leadership, and police-community relations.

If you are interested in participating in a CoP, or have suggestions for a CoP, please do not hesitate to contact us at tiles.admin@utas.edu.au.

Books, chapters and journal articles

TILES researchers have had a productive second half of the year and have had their work published and promoted in a variety of fora. Some of these publications are behind a paywall; individual copies of paywalled articles can be provided to colleagues and TILES members on request. Please contact the linked author for copies.

  1. Birgerson EH & Dwyer A (2022) 'A real gap': consequences of removing reintegration support in Tasmania, Australia.Critical Criminology. DOI: 10.1007/s10612-022-09631-2.
  2. Cubitt TIC (2022) Using network analytics to measure group use of force among police officers. TILES Briefing Paper 15. Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies.
  3. Cubitt TIC, Gaub JE & Holtfreter K (2022) Gender differences in serious police misconduct: A machine-learning analysis of the New York Police Department. Journal of Criminal Justice 82 (Sept-Oct), 101976.
  4. Dwyer A (2022) Lurking with/in mainstream criminologies as a queer criminologist: learnings and reflections. In Silva DMD & Deflem M (eds), Diversity in Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies (25-38). Emerald Publishing Limited.
  5. Dwyer A, Ball M, Bond C, Lee M & Crofts T (2022) Support provided by LGBTI police liaison services: an analysis of a survey of LGBTIQ people in Australia. Police Quarterly, 25(1), 33-58.
  6. Howes LM, Julian R, Oosthuizen T, Reid C, Cashman K & White R (2022) Redrawing the boundaries of criminology: increasing forensic literacy by including forensic studies in the curriculum. Journal of Criminal Justice Education. DOI: 10.1080/10511253.2022.2096249.
  7. Howes LM, Watson D, Ryan VA, Rivera JJ & McNinch-Su RL (2022) Community satisfaction with policing on Guam. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice 38(3), 311-329.
  8. Humphrys E, Rodgers J, Asquith NL, Yaghi SA, Foulstone A, Thorneycroft R & Cook PS (2022) 'To prove I'm not incapable, I overcompensate': disability, ideal workers, the academy. Economic and Labour Relations Review 33(4), 698-714.
  9. Hunn C, Prichard J & Cockburn H (2022) Internet users' beliefs about a novice-user of child sexual abuse material: what can they tell us about introducing offender-focused prevention initiatives? Victims & Offenders 17(1), 1-21.
  10. Iner D, Mason G & Asquith NL (2022) Expected but not accepted: victimisation, gender, and Islamophobia in Australia. International Review of Victimology 28(3), 286-304.
  11. Kaiser R & White R (2022) Antarctica. In Harkness A, Peterson JR, Bowden M, Pedersen C & Donnermeyer J (eds), The Encyclopedia of Rural Crime (319-323). Bristol University Press.
  12. Prichard J, Scanlan J, Krone T, Spiranovic C, Watters P & Wortley R (2022) Warning messages to prevent illegal sharing of sexual images: results of a randomised controlled experiment. Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice 647.
  13. Rodgers J & Asquith NL (2022) Rural, regional and remote police in Tasmania: officer and family safety and security. TILES Briefing Note 1. Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies.
  14. Rodgers J & Asquith NL (2022) Safety and security in remote, rural, and regional policing. International Journal of Rural Criminology 7(1), 93-106.
  15. Rodgers J, Thorneycroft R, Cook PS, Humphrys E, Asquith NL, Yaghi SA & Foulstone A (2022) Ableism in higher education: the negation of crip temporalities within the neoliberal academy. Higher Education Research & Development. DOI 10.1080/07294360.2022.2138277.
  16. Scanlan J, Watters PA, Prichard J, Hunn C, Spiranovic C & Wortley R (2022) Creating honeypots to prevent online child exploitation. Future Internet 14(4), 1-14.
  17. van Dijk A, Shearing C & Cordner G (2022) Policing the pandemic: public health, law enforcement, and the use of force. Journal of Community Safety and Well-Being 7(2): 67-74.
  18. Watson D & Howes LM (2022) Introduction to the special issue—Policing in Pacific Island countries and territories: navigating culture, context and organizational terrain. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice 88(3), 276-279.

Other publications and outputs

In addition to academic journal articles and chapters, our researchers have presented at conferences, published reports, participated in panel discussions, and published in a range of professional journals.

  1. Banks S, Bartkowiak-Théron I, Henning T & Lawrence S (2022) In times of economic squeeze, how to stop financial abuse? Croakey Health Media, 5 July.
  2. Cordner G (2022) Public Safety Learning Exchange, invited participant. Kettering Foundation, July, Dayton, Ohio.
  3. Cordner G, Pepper I & Asquith NL (2022) Time to get serious about police education. Policing Blog, 22 August. National Policing Institute.
  4. Cordner G, Scott M & Sanchez M (2022) People with mental illness, 2nd edition.Problem-Oriented Policing Guide 40. Center for Problem-Oriented Policing.
  5. Dwyer A (2022) Expert panellist. LGBTQ+ Victim-Survivors Experiences with Victoria's FVIO System, December, Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre, Monash University.
  6. Dwyer A (2022) Findings from LGBTIQ+ Tasmanians: telling us the story. LGBTI Health Australia Policy and Practice Seminar, August, Sydney.
  7. Dwyer A (2022) Keynote Address: LGBTQ people, mental health, and policing: some emerging concerns. LGBTIQ & Mental Health Forum, November, Mental Health Foundation Australia.
  8. Dwyer A (2022) Roundtable: Navigating the academy as a queer person. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, November, Atlanta.
  9. Evans N (2022) Artificial intelligence and policing: it's a matter of trust. Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 3 August.
  10. Evans N (2022) Queensland police killings show the threat posed by conspiracy theories – how should police respond? The Conversation, 16 December.
  11. Fielder B, Dwyer A & Ezzy D (2022) Summary of Findings: LGBTQ+ Employees of Religiously Affiliated Schools and Welfare Organisations. University of Tasmania.
  12. Fileborn B, Barnes A, Hindes S, Martin R, Turley E & Wheildon L (2022) Roundtable: Queering gender-based violence. Australian New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference, December, Darwin.
  13. Howes L (2022) Transforming the curriculum: Indigenising the criminology curriculum. Australian New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference, December, Darwin.
  14. Howes L, Julian R, Oosthuizen T, Reid R, Cashman K & White R (2022) Critical forensic studies: generating critical thinking about forensic science among current and future criminal justice practitioners.Proceedings of the 25th International Symposium of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society, 11-15 September, Brisbane.
  15. Hudson N & Winter R (2022) Evaluation of Baptcare’s Implementation of Caring Dads and Mothers in Mind. Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies, University of Tasmania and Baptcare.
  16. Hudson N, Rodgers J, Winter R, Spiranovic C, Barnes A, Bartkowiak-Théron I, Asquith NL, Cashman K, Dewson C, Norris K & Stanford S (2022) Sexual Violence in Southern Tasmania: Community Member Perspectives. Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies, University of Tasmania and Sexual Assault Support Service.
  17. Hudson N, Rodgers J, Winter R, Spiranovic C, Barnes A, Bartkowiak-Théron I, Asquith NL, Cashman K, Dewson C, Norris K & Stanford S (2022) Sexual Violence in Southern Tasmania: Stakeholder Perspectives. Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies, University of Tasmania and Sexual Assault Support Service.
  18. Humphreys E & Rodgers J (2022) Labour, value and time: the disabled worker in the academy. Progress in Political Economy Blog, 22 November.
  19. Layard E, Parker J, Cook T, Murray J, Asquith N, Fileborn B, Mason R, Barnes A, Dwyer A & Mortimer S (2022) LGBTQ+ People's Experiences and Perceptions of Sexual Violence: Research Summary Report. ACON.
  20. MacDonald E, Winter R & Bartkowiak-Théron I (2022) Evaluation of Safe Spaces: Final Report.Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies and Hobart City Mission.
  21. Oosthuizen T (2022) Comparative analysis of Australian legislation regarding forensic DNA use. 25th International Symposium of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society, 11-15 September, Brisbane.
  22. Prichard J, Scanlan J, Watters P, Wortley R, Hunn C & Garrett E (2022) Online Messages to Reduce Users' Engagement with Child Sexual Abuse Material: A Review of Relevant Literature for the Rethink Chatbot. The Lucy Faithfull Foundation and University of Tasmania.
  23. Rodgers J, Spiranovic C, Hudson N, Barnes A, Winter R, Bartkowiak-Théron I, Asquith NL, Cashman K, Dewson C, Norris K & Stanford S (2022) Sexual Violence in Southern Tasmania: Research Report for Sexual Assault Support Service Tasmania.Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies, University of Tasmania and Sexual Assault Support Service.

HDR announcements

HDR graduations

Natasa Adamovic graduated with her Master of Arts in Research in August. Her thesis was entitled 'Challenges Experienced by Australian Forensic Practitioners in International Disaster Victim Operations'. Natasa was supervised by Dr Loene Howes and Professor Rob White.

Brianna O’Shea graduated with her PhD in December. Her thesis was entitled 'The Investigation and Prosecution of Cyberstalking in Australia'. Brianna was supervised by Professor Nicole Asquith (TILES) and Associate Professor Jeremy Prichard (School of Law).

Congratulations Natasa and Brianna!

HDR submissions

Ash Barnes submitted their PhD thesis in November entitled 'Exploring a Culture of Violence and Bodily Integrity in Punk and Hardcore Music Scenes: A Qualitative Study of Sexual and Physical Aggression across Three Australian States'. Ash is supervised by Professor Rob White and Associate Professor Angela Dwyer.

Rishweena Ahmed submitted her PhD thesis in December entitled 'Supporting Young Offenders through Desistance Process: Implications for Policing Young People in The Maldives'. Rishweena is supervised by Professor Nicole Asquith, Associate Professor Isa Bartkowiak-Théron and Professor Rob White.

Well done Ash and Rishweena!

Community and industry engagement

The Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies regularly publishes rigorous academic work with a practice focus with its Briefing Papers. This year, TILES has updated its Briefing Papers adding a new design and appearance, a new peer reviewing process, and an Editorial Board of 21 academics and practitioners. TILES has also added a new short form format, the 800-word Briefing Note.

Members of the TILES Editorial Board contribute to reviewing Briefing Papers and Briefing Notes for quality, relevance and practitioner accessibility prior to publishing. All Papers and Notes are reviewed by one practitioner and one academic.The Board includes academics and practitioners from Canada, the US, the UK and Australia with a range of policing and other specialisations. The Board will also drive the focus of TILES publications by working with us to identify what is required from an academic and practitioner perspective.

Please contact us for Briefing Paper or Briefing Note guidelines if you would like to publish open access research aimed at a policing or broader community safety practitioner audience. We are particularly interested in publishing the work of evidence-led police practitioners.

TILES Researcher Associate Professor Isa Bartkowiak-Théron delivered three law enforcement and public health seminars in Scotland and England during December. Her first seminar was on ‘Policing vulnerability: can Systems Thinking foster more collaborations between law enforcement and public health?’ at the Scottish Institute for Policing Research, co-hosted by the Scottish Centre for Law Enforcement and Public Health. Her second seminar was on 'Policing vulnerability: applying systems thinking to the problem of elder financial abuse,' at the Vulnerability & Policing Futures Research Centre in Leeds. Her third seminar discussed 'Policing vulnerability: from an educational problem to the operationalisation of a universal precautions system,' at the Vulnerability & Policing Futures Research Centre in York.

TILES Researcher Dr Romy Winter has been invited to join the Tasmanian Custody Reference Group. Dr Winter was also invited to join the Management Committee of the Brain Injury Association of Tasmania.

TILES Research Manager Dr Jess Rodgers’s work on evaluating an embedded domestic violence worker in Toowoomba police station was cited in the report emerging from the Commission of Inquiry into Queensland Police Service responses to domestic and family violence. This informed recommendations that the Queensland Government provide funding to establish embedded support workers in police stations and formalise these arrangements. The Queensland Government has since announced funding responses from the inquiry recommendations for 100 million dollars, including 300 domestic violence workers embedded in police stations across the state.

TILES Director Professor Nicole Asquith gave testimony at the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability on 12 October. Drawing on her 20 years of experience as a hate crime researcher, Professor Asquith provided testimony to a public hearing into violence against and abuse of people with disability in public places. Read more about Professor Asquith’s testimony at this link.

TILES Associate Director, Associate Professor Angela Dwyer is part of a team organising the Proud to be your Friend: 2023 World LGBTIQ+ Conference for Criminal Justice Professionals to be held in Melbourne in February, hosted by Victoria Police. The third iteration of this global conference invites employees from police organisations, public prosecution services and departments of justice. Registration is at this link.

TILES researcher Dr Loene Howes spoke to The Examiner about 'no body, no parole laws' being adopted in Tasmania. She discussed the negative impacts of these laws on fairness in the system and noted that they raise false hope in the families of victims and allow politicians to gain public support through a tough on crime stance.

Dr Howes also delivered a guest lecture to final year law students at Newcastle University in November. She spoke about forensic science and expert evidence.

TILES HDR student Ash Barnes presented as part of the Feminism in the Arts Panel at the Brisbane Feminist Festival in October. Their presentation was entitled 'Too PUNK for sexism: how sexist attitudes occur in Australian punk and hardcore music communities and why they stay there'.

Appointments, awards and promotions

TILES Adjunct Researcher Dr Timothy Cubitt received the Australian New Zealand Society of Criminology PhD Student Paper Award for his article, ‘A machine learning analysis of serious misconduct among Australian police’ published in Crime Science Journal.

TILES researcher Dr Kate Cashman received a College of Arts, Law and Education Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in recognition of contributions to the quality of student learning. Kate teaches a range of law and investigation for policing units including Investigative Techniques for Policing, Questioning for Investigators, Specialist Interviewing and the Detective Portfolio.

TILES researcher Dr Loene Howes and her team received a College of Arts, Law and Education Teaching Merit Certificate. This was in recognition of the valuable contribution to teaching at the University for the delivery of the criminology unit, Crime and Deviance.

TILES Deputy Director Angela Dwyer has been named as the 2023 recipient of the Western Society of Criminology Richard Tewksbury award for her work at the intersection of sexuality, sex and gender diversity and crime. Board President of the Western Society of Criminology David MacAlister said Associate Professor Dwyer has been recognised, 'For her nearly two decades of scholarly inquiry and tireless advocacy.'

Other activities

TILES Researcher Associate Professor Isa Bartkowiak-Théron and Dr Amanda Neil (Menzies Institute for Medical Research) received $180,000 from Connect42 to investigate whether literacy should become a standalone social determinant of health.

TILES has been contracted by Tasmania Police to research the impact of Traffic Infringement Cautions on fatal and serious injury crashes. This project is funded to the value of $31,000.

Tiles Researcher Dr James Dwyer Graduated with his PhD in August 2022. James undertook his studies at the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Tasmania. His thesis was entitled ‘The Best Offence is a Good Defence? The Effects of Ballistic Missile Defence on Nuclear Deterrence’.

Farewell to Dr Caroline Spiranovic, a long-time TILES affiliate, who has left academia to pursue a career with the public service. Caroline taught police recruits in a range of policing law and investigation units, including Questioning for Investigators, Specialist Interviewing and the Detective Portfolio. Caroline also demonstrated leadership in the TILES Violence and Abuse Research Unit building community partnerships to fund important research, such as with Sexual Assault Support Service and Baptcare.



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Published on: 21 Dec 2022