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The case for police commissioners

Here's what you need to know before you cast your vote in the elections for local police crime commissioners.
Victoria needs an improved web of accountability to link various sectors together to ensure family violence perpetrators are made visible and accountable. Ensuper from www.shutterstock.com

Reforms to Victoria’s family violence responses must close the web and bring perpetrators into view

Victoria's family violence system unintentionally protects male perpetrators by making them invisible and providing opportunities for them to avoid responsibility.
Some people are concerned by the presence of drones in the air above them. Shutterstock

Police drones: can we trust the eyes in the skies?

Drones are increasingly being used by law enforcement agencies around the world, but this raises some issues around privacy and regulation.
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Feeling sleepy? You might be at risk of falsely confessing to a crime you did not commit

Innocent people do confess to terrible crimes they had nothing to do with. Psychologists are investigating factors that contribute to false confession – including how well-rested a suspect feels.
Australia has more police relative to population than ever before and they are a costly form of crime prevention. AAP/Mitchell Burke

Do we need more police, or are there better ways to cut crime?

Police are important, but not sufficient, in the crime-reduction effort. I have enormous faith in their abilities, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we need more of them.
Texas Councilman Jonathan Miller is seen in a still image taken from the body camera of a police officer on October 8 2015. REUTERS/Prairie View Police Department/Handout

Training to reduce ‘cop macho’ and ‘contempt of cop’ could reduce police violence

Even as Ferguson and the US Justice seek to reform that city's police department, a scholar says more than body cams and procedural shifts are needed to reform law enforcement abuse of power.
In order to cope with the rigours of policing, police are expected to be strong, resilient and unemotional in dangerous situations. AAP/Joe Castro

Report reveals entrenched nature of sexual harassment in Victoria Police

Sexual harassment is a persistent and damaging problem in many Australian workplaces. But why does it appear to be an entrenched feature of some organisational settings more than others?

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