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Rules of Engagement: Policing Anti-Social Behaviour and Alcohol-Related Violence in and Around Licensed Premises

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Jenny Fleming
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58 pages
This report provides an overview of the ways in which Australian police services are adapting their systems and developing strategies to prevent and manage alcohol-related violence in and around licensed premises.
This report identifies three police strategies developed to address the problem of alcohol-related violence and anti-social behavior in and around licensed premises in Australia: front-line strategies; monitoring and regulation strategies; and partnership strategies. Also identified are three trends: shift in enforcement from patron to premise; the shift in monitoring and regulation away from a decentralized approach and a return to a more centralized approach; and a more formal shift to working with and through partner organizations. Results suggest that the implementation of public order and safety task forces with a specific emphasis on licensing venues is a promising innovation. From a police perspective, the move to centralize monitoring and regulation has several benefits: the new units have improved communications between liquor licensing authorities and police, and fostered better relationships between the agencies; and the centralized units facilitate more efficient data collection and intelligence, nurture a better skills base, and allow for a much sharper focus on regulation and enforcement. Even in those jurisdictions not yet committed to a fully centralized approach, intelligence-led policing is becoming a standard feature of policing alcohol-related activity. References and notes