Policing emerging communities the focus for symposium


The third Future of Policing Symposium was held yesterday at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, co-hosted by the Queensland Police Service and the Griffith Criminology Institute.

Police Minister Bill Byrne MP and Commissioner Ian Stewart were there to welcome the select group of Australian and international academic scholars in the field of policing, as well as a group of law enforcement leaders from Australia and New Zealand.

The focus of this year’s symposium was ‘Policing Diverse Communities’. Topics discussed included policing diverse and emerging communities in an era of new and uncertain risks, learning from experience and evidence relating to domestic/family violence and refugee communities, countering radicalism and violent extremism, and intra-community threats of endemic violence and abuse.

Commissioner Stewart said the longstanding partnership between the Griffith Criminology Institute and the QPS provided a collaborative opportunity between researchers and police leaders to interact and discuss key problems.

“The focus of this symposium is the importance of building and sustaining relationships across a broad range of people and entities, having regard for the fact that the future of policing is around partnerships, which is critically important now, and will be more so in the future,” Commissioner Stewart said.


Professor Janet Ransley from Griffith University, QPS Deputy Commissioner Peter Martin, Police Minister Bill Byrne MP and Professor Ross Coomber from Griffith University.

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