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Impacting Police

The 2019 ANZPAA Trends Analysis identifies seven interconnected megatrends and related challenges that are shaping policing’s operational environment over the short, medium and long term. These megatrends are adding layers of complexity on existing core policing challenges like volume crime, road safety, alcohol and drugs, family and domestic violence, and others.
The Seven Megatrends are:
  1. Growth, Diversity and Divides
  2. The Fourth Industrial Revolution
  3. Shifting Economic Tides
  4. Generation Next
  5. The Partnership Imperative
  6. Changing Trust Landscape
  7. Climate Change
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Police Workforce Compendium

The ANZPAA Police Workforce Compendium is a document that draws together over two years of ANZPAA research and analysis on a range of topics and challenges facing the policing workforce. This document is intended to build the foundations for understanding key issues for the most important policing resource, its people.
The policing environment requires a flexible and professional workforce with the skills, knowledge and resources to meet the growing and changing demand for services, supported by the best possible systems and processes. Policing should develop the best mix of people and other resources for maximum effect through representation, leadership, service and flexibility.
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ICCS PLUS: A Common Approach to Incident Management is a principle-based framework in which incident management arrangements across Australia can be aligned. The framework has been designed to enhance the interoperability of police staff working across all jurisdictions during single-officer and multi-agency/jurisdictional operations.
Police in Australia attend incidents every day; ranging from those requiring a single-officer to those requiring a large-scale police deployment or a multiagency or multi-jurisdictional response. The latter requires a greater understanding and preparedness by police when responding to and managing incidents.
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Religious and Spiritual 


Australia and New Zealand police are committed to meeting the needs of the religiously and spiritually diverse communities they serve.

The third edition of the Practical Reference to Religious and Spiritual Diversity for Operational Police provides an overview of nine religions and spiritualities. It contains information directly related to police protocols such as: important dates; contact and interviewing; searches and detention; and death, bereavement and mourning.
The nine religions and spiritualities covered are:
  1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Spitituality
  2. Bahá’í
  3. Buddhism
  4. Christianity
  5. Hinduism
  6. Islam
  7. Judaism
  8. Māori Spirituality
  9. Sikhism
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Anti-Raciscm and Cultural Diversity 


Challenging racism and contributing to cultural and systemic structural change will ensure police serve our communities with humanity, empathy, dignity and respect. Australia and New Zealand Police jurisdictions recently joined with the Australia Human Rights Commission and the New Zealand Human Rights Commission to develop strategic anti-racism and cultural diversity principles. These principles support the elimination of racism and promote equitable, diverse and inclusive police organisations for all Australian and New Zealand communities.
Police have a fundamental responsibility to protect the safety and security of all people and uphold the law. In doing so, they need to treat everyone in the communities they serve with humanity, empathy, dignity and respect.

These Principles acknowledge that, by challenging racism and contributing to cultural, systemic and structural change, police will better serve their communities and enhance public safety, trust and confidence.
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Guide for Managing Work Health and Safety in Australian Policing (Operational)

This Guide is an interpretative document that aims to assist police understanding of the model work health and safety laws and how they can apply in an operational policing environment. It is not intended to be exhaustive or cover all hazards, risks or circumstances that may arise.

NOTE: This guide will not apply to the extent it is inconsistent with Laws, including work health and safety laws that are enacted in, or apply to, the relevant jurisdiction. It does not replace or override the policies, procedures and practices that are put in place by individual police jurisdictions.
This Guide recognises that police do not undertake their duties in a controlled environment; as a consequence, work health and safety risks in a policing context can be unpredictable. Work health and safety practices must be dynamic and highly responsive to the environment, often requiring consideration of a wide variety of complex hazards in any given moment to ensure police safety.

The review of this Guide reflects the Police Commissioners of Australia's ongoing commitment to the safety of their staff. The content has been updated to reflect contemporary work health and safety challenges faced by police and provides guidance on the implementation of effective risk management strategies.
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Australia and New Zealand 

Guidelines for Digital Imaging Processes

These guidelines provide guidance and advice on the steps involved in digital imaging processes – from initial capture through the processing stages, to presentation in court and the eventual retention and/or disposal of the images.

This document provides consistent and valuable guidance for police and forensic laboratories in the enhancement of their digital imaging procedures.
Digital imaging itself is now a widely accepted source of secondary physical evidence within the judicial system. However, digital images can be easily duplicated, manipulated, contaminated, or altered.

Thus it remains imperative that forensic science practitioners can validate the origin and integrity of digital images through the procedures employed in their capture, storage, transmission, processing, analysis and reporting of this type of evidence.
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The Intelligent Use of 

Forensic Data

The Intelligent Use of Forensic Data handbook is a collation and integration of recently published findings and observations on the principles and practice of forensic intelligence. It provides a concise, understandable, visual guide outlining introductory principles to personnel at various levels and disciplines across law enforcement, including: forensic scientists, police officers and those involved in administering the criminal justice system. This handbook is intended to raise awareness of the forensic intelligence principles and practice and be a valuable reference tool to jurisdictions.
Forensic intelligence embodies a real and new willingness of forensic practitioners to be involved in investigative and policing strategies. (…) Adoption of forensic intelligence requires moving away from the dominant conception of a patchwork of disciplines only assisting the criminal justice system towards the view of a science that studies the informative potential of traces, as remnants of a criminal activity.

Crispino et al (2015).
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and Blood-Borne Viruses

Depending on their duties, Police Officers may be exposed to blood or body fluids in the course of their work. This means Officers have an occupational risk of contact with blood-borne viruses.

This resource is written for police across Australia. It contains basic information about blood-borne viruses including how the viruses are spread, how to protect against infection and what to do if there is a possible exposure.
The three major BBVs – hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) – are different viruses, but they are all spread by blood. Hepatitis B and HIV can also be passed on in other body fluids.

All these infections can be prevented.

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