Four (4) policy and practice documents on an aspect of the group’s Assessment Topic (Drug and Alcohol Abuse among Indigenous Australians )
Investigate current policies and practices
– Identifying issues/problems
The use of body camera to protect law enforcement officers as well as the people of the community. (Shifting towards police legitimacy).
– The government does not deal with the symptoms but should really deal with the problem around it.
The symptoms: abusive behaviour and violated while being a child.
Education was possibly not provided.
You will need to read across a range of documents (often called ‘Grey Literature’) produced by governments, government agencies, research institutes, and sometimes also in journal articles that discuss policy or practice strategies.
Before you can devise your own intervention to remedy a perceived problem, you need to know what policing and criminal justice services currently do. Policy and practice reviews provide an outline of the strategies used by policing and criminal justice services to convert research evidence into operational practices.
Sometimes these documents can be quite lengthy depending on the level of detail drilled down from research to policy to practice to KPIs (Key Performance Indicators; or in academic language, evaluation criteria). Some of these reviews can go as far as looking at these strategies in terms of their expected costs and benefits, or provide details of SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures).
You can write your Policy Briefing Paper as:
• an historical analysis by looking at the emergence and innovation of a particular strategy in a single jurisdiction
• a comparative analysis of how different jurisdictions address a particular problem at the same time
• an overview of the various policy and practice documents that inform a single issue (for example, procedural justice covers a range of policies/practices such as police corruption, ethical conduct, legitimacy, and public trust).
• Critical review is a Policy Briefing Paper. It is not a description or summary of random policies and practices unrelated to your assessment topic. Instead you need to:
• (1) Read all four policy and practice documents for similarities and differences
• (2) Identify the most important findings/results relating to your sub-topic
• (3) Identify key research, policy or practice gaps (ie what still needs to be done)
• (4) Consider how these documents relate to the research evidence identified in CR1
• (5) Write a critical analysis of the sub-topic, and how each of the identified policies/practices seeks to resolve the issue
(1) Create a list of search terms on your topic. (Source and analyse four (4) policy and practice documents on an aspect of the group’s Assessment Topic (Drug and Alcohol Abuse among Indigenous Australians )
• (2) Begin searching on your sub-topic; you may find that by adding ‘policy’, ‘program’, ‘strategy’ ‘standard operating procedures’ or ‘plan’ to your topic search term you will be directed to the right resources. DO NOT use media reports about policies/practices/programs as a source for this assessment. Use that link to find the original document.
• (3) Use filtering tools to search for policies/practices from 2007 onwards
• (4) Review the introduction of each document found to check if its on topic, and related to other materials you have found
• (5) Choose four of these documents
• (6) Read and take notes on each document
• (7) Identify common issues/concerns in all of the documents
• (8) Identify differences between the issues/concerns in all of the documents
• (9) Write a critical review of these policies and practices, including identifying specific approaches; stakeholders/partners involved in the project/program, and any evaluation results. Consider how these policies/practices relate to the research identified in CR1
• (10) Review your CR2 for spelling/grammar
• (11) Add a complete, and accurately cited, reference list
Examples of Academic Research
(1) Victorian Department of Health and Victoria Police 2010 Protocol for Mental Health. Melbourne: Victorian Department of Health.
(2) Office of Police Integrity 2010 Managing Conflict of Interest in Victoria Police. Melbourne: Office of Police Integrity.
(3) ANZPAA 2014 Australia New Zealand Police Professionalisation Strategy. Melbourne: Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency.
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