Investigating death: the emotional and cultural challenges for police

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Carpenter, Belinda, Tait, Gordon, Quadrelli, Carol A. and Thompson, Ian. 2016. "Investigating death: the emotional and cultural challenges for police." Policing and Society: an international journal of research and policy. 26 (6), pp. 698-712. https://doi.org/10.1080/10439463.2015.1016024
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Investigating death: the emotional and cultural challenges for police

ERA Journal ID17380
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsCarpenter, Belinda (Author), Tait, Gordon (Author), Quadrelli, Carol A. (Author) and Thompson, Ian (Author)
Journal TitlePolicing and Society: an international journal of research and policy
Journal Citation26 (6), pp. 698-712
Number of Pages15
Year2016
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1043-9463
1477-2728
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/10439463.2015.1016024
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10439463.2015.1016024
Abstract

The over-representation of vulnerable populations within the criminal justice system, and the role of police in perpetuating this, has long been a topic of discussion in criminology. What is less discussed is the way in which non-criminal investigations by police, in areas like a death investigation, may similarly disadvantage and discriminate against vulnerable populations. In Australia, as elsewhere, it is police who are responsible for investigating both suspicious and violent deaths like homicide as well as non-suspicious, violent deaths like accidents and suicides. Police are also the agents tasked with investigating deaths which are neither violent nor suspicious but occur outside hospitals and other care facilities. This paper, part of a larger funded Australian research project focusing on the ways in which cultural and religious differences are dealt with during the death investigation process, reports on how police describe – or are described by others – during their role in a non-suspicious death investigation, and the challenges that such investigations raise for police and policing. The employment of police liaison officers is discussed as one response to the difficulty of policing cultural and religious difference with variable results.

Keywordscoroner; culture; death; emotion
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440211. Police administration, procedures and practice
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Byline AffiliationsQueensland University of Technology
Queensland Police Service, Australia
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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Australian Research Council (ARC)
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