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The role of community patrols in improving safety in Indigenous communities

Posted on: 15 July, 2013
Issue: Vol 13 No 3, July 2013 - September 2013
Related to Closing the gap Injury Policies Offender health Remote Urban Alcohol use Illicit drug use Volatile substance use Social determinants

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Australian Institute of Family Studies (2013)
The role of community patrols in improving safety in Indigenous communities
Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

Community patrols have the potential to increase Indigenous community safety, helping to reduce crime rates and alcohol-related harm and empower the local community. The most successful community patrols tend to enjoy community involvement and ownership and strong collaboration with police and a network of community services. This paper summarises the key evidence in support of community patrols. It includes detailed information on:

  • what is currently known about community patrols, including ‘what works’, and what is not known
  • safety and crime in Indigenous communities
  • the history of Indigenous community patrols in Australia, and the support they receive from levels of government
  • the evidence in support of community patrols
  • best practice for community patrols
  • the evidence gaps.

Abstract adapted from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Australian Institute of Family Studies