Repeat Victimisation and the Policing of Communities

Sylvia Chenery, University of Huddersfield

ABSTRACT
Three types of police service can be distinguished: (1) Reaction to relevant emergencies; (2) Identifying and processing crime perpetrators, and (3) Proaction to prevent crime and disorder (referred to here as 'community policing').

The central problem for the organization of policing is arguably the integration of the first two elements of work with the third. In this paper, the speaker contends that focusing on identifying and providing relevant help to those previously victimized by crime offers a platform for such integration. The advantages conferred by this approach will be identified and the implications of risk-based targeting, of which repeat fictimization provides the easiest example to implement, are spelled out.

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