Police as Public Health Interventionists

  • Nicole L AsquithEmail author
  • Isabelle Bartkowiak-Théron


Practice collaboration between policing and health practitioners is now commonplace, including the growth of mental health intervention teams in policing organisations. In this chapter, we extend the work already developed by scholars aligned with the Law Enforcement and Public Health conference, and consider the practice implications of moving upstream and away from a reliance upon downstream crisis intervention. In this shift, we suggest that the concept of vulnerability may assist policing organisations to reconceptualise some of their work as public health intervention.


Intimate Partner Violence Sexual Assault Police Officer Public Safety Vulnerable People 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicole L Asquith
    • 1
    Email author
  • Isabelle Bartkowiak-Théron
    • 2
  1. 1.Policing and Criminal JusticeWestern Sydney UniversityPenrith, NSWAustralia
  2. 2.Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement StudiesUniversity of TasmaniaHobart, TasmaniaAustralia

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