When death is not a crime: Challenges for police and policing

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Carpenter, Belinda, Tait, Gordon, Quadrelli, Carol A. and Thompson, Ian. 2014. "When death is not a crime: Challenges for police and policing." Papers from the British Criminology Conference: An Online Journal by the British Society of Criminology. 14 (1-2), pp. 3-16.
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When death is not a crime: Challenges for police and policing

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AuthorsCarpenter, Belinda (Author), Tait, Gordon (Author), Quadrelli, Carol A. (Author) and Thompson, Ian (Author)
EditorsMillie, Andrew
Journal TitlePapers from the British Criminology Conference: An Online Journal by the British Society of Criminology
Journal Citation14 (1-2), pp. 3-16
Number of Pages14
Year2014
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
Web Address (URL)https://www.britsoccrim.org/volume-14/
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 perpetuate similar types of engagement with vulnerable populations. In Australia, as elsewhere, it is the 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 reports on how the police describe - or are described by others - their role in a non - suspicious death investigation, and the challenges that such investigations raise for police and policing.

Keywordscoroner, death investigation, police
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020480599. Legal systems not elsewhere classified
480399. International and comparative law not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsQueensland University of Technology
Queensland Police Service, Australia
EventBritish Criminology Conference (2014)
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
ISBN1759-0043
Funding source
Australian Research Council (ARC)
Grant ID
http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/LP100200393
Event Details
British Criminology Conference (2014)
Event Date
09 to end of 12 Jul 2014
Event Location
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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