Targeting Repeats: Communities, Communication and Compromise

Sylvia Chenery, University of Huddersfield

ABSTRACT
Focusing on repeats has shown that it can be an effective way of targeting resources. It concentrates effort and can yield both prevention and detection success. It has however, in recent years, challenged the services of the police, who with support from other agencies such as local housing, probation and victim support have developed multi-agency strategies to deal with different types of crimes. Communication between the police forces themselves, and their partner agencies has in the past been fragmented and often relies upon personal contact between individuals rather than being formalised organisationally. The Crime and Disorder Act (1998) has gone some way to develop this working relationship and Section 17 states: 'it shall be the duty of each authority...to do all that it reasonably can to preven involved, and perhaps, more importantly, for the numerous police departments to develop a closer working relationship with each other. This paper seeks to review the needs of the 'community', discuss the issues that hamper communication, and debate whether compromise is the only solution.

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