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Police as builders of social capital with farmers

August 5, 2016

Introduced in 2011, Victoria Police Agricultural Liaison Officers (AGLOs) have expertise in rural crime and are tasked with providing enhanced responses to farm victimisation. In addition to operating in a detective capacity, AGLOs perform educative and outreach duties.

police cars at Speed VicVictoria Police interacting with farming communities at the Mallee Machinery Farm Days, 3-4 August 2016 in Speed, Victoria

Utilising a framework of social capital, Dr Alistair Harkness from Federation University’s Gippsland Campus presented a paper at the 3rd International Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Conference at the Queensland University of Technology in July 2015.

The paper investigates the roles which AGLOs assume in building and strengthening relationships between police and farmers. It considers the importance of strong police-community relationships, community policing and the problem-orientated policing approach of the AGLO program. It is asserted that with further resourcing, AGLOs could concentrate more directly on building trust with local communities to allow for awareness of, and better responses to, property thefts from farms.

You can read the full peer-reviewed paper here:

HARKNESS ConferenceProceedings_3rdInternationalCJSDConference_2015_v2

 

 

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