Policing, performance indicators and fear of crime

Authored by: Alyce McGovern

The Routledge International Handbook on Fear of Crime

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  December  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138120334
eBook ISBN: 9781315651781
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315651781-21

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Abstract

According to Garland (2001: 10), in late modern society fear of crime has come to be regarded as a problem in and of itself. Elections can be won or lost on a political party’s capacity to respond to – and enact solutions for – community fears around crime and victimisation. As key players in the criminal justice system, and an essential component of the political landscape (see for example Manning 1978; Savage 2007), police organisations play a pivotal role in this process. In defining, perpetuating, quashing and/or responding to public and political concerns about the threat, risk and fear of crime, police play a significant role in shaping how the community perceives crime threats.

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