Australian police officers' perceptions of sex offender registries

Powell, Martine, Day, Andrew, Benson, Mairi, Vess, Jim and Graffam, Joe 2014, Australian police officers' perceptions of sex offender registries, Policing and society : an international journal of research and policy, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 120-133, doi: 10.1080/10439463.2013.784299.

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Title Australian police officers' perceptions of sex offender registries
Author(s) Powell, MartineORCID iD for Powell, Martine
Day, Andrew
Benson, Mairi
Vess, Jim
Graffam, Joe
Journal name Policing and society : an international journal of research and policy
Volume number 24
Issue number 1
Start page 120
End page 133
Total pages 14
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1043-9463
Keyword(s) police procedure
sex offender registry
Summary Sex offender registration schemes exist in most English speaking countries to assist police in the investigation of new crimes and to deter known offenders. To date, however, very little research has examined the efficacy of these registers. This study addresses this issue by providing the first qualitative analysis of police officers' perceptions of registration schemes. Twenty-four Australian police professionals (whose jobs were primarily associated with the operation of sex offender registration schemes) participated in focus groups in groups of 2–5 officers. Officers were recruited across three jurisdictions where quite distinct registration schemes operated. They were asked to reflect on how their register operates, how effective and efficient it is, the challenges faced in its administration and how the registry process might be improved. The key challenges addressed included; limitations in risk assessment expertise, restriction in legislative powers, and inadequate opportunity for specialisation. The implications for current practice are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10439463.2013.784299
Field of Research 170104 Forensic Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 940403 Criminal Justice
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Taylor & Francis
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