‘You’re going to be in the system forever’: Policing, risk and belonging in Greater Dandenong and Casey

Leanne Weber

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This is the second report from a qualitative study conducted in the Greater Dandenong and Casey local government areas, which was designed to examine the relationship between policing and belonging. The first report focused narrowly on community perceptions of belonging (Weber 2018). In this report I shift the focus to the policing practices that help to shape interactions between community members and police.The discussion is organised around three aspects of policing practice that emerged as key themes from the community reports: risk-based policing, community engagement, and individual police conduct. However, the report does not constitute a comprehensive evaluation of any particular practices or programs. Each section includes a brief overview of police practice juxtaposed with accounts from community members, and sometimes youth workers, that relate to those policing practices. While the author includes some analysis and conclusions, the narrative is driven throughout by the voices and concerns of community members.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherBorder Crossing Observatory
Number of pages54
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Policing
  • Risk
  • Police accountability
  • Race

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