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Michelle Stewart

In: The SAGE Handbook of Global Policing

Chapter 34: Complex Needs in Policing: Training, Responsibility and Contestation in Late Neoliberalism

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Complex Needs in Policing: Training, Responsibility and Contestation in Late Neoliberalism
Complex Needs in Policing: Training, Responsibility and Contestation in Late Neoliberalism
Michelle Stewart
INTRODUCTION

Policing is an enterprise in which officers frequently encounter individuals in crisis. However, the discussion of crisis encounters has more recently focused on increasingly sustained contact with a specific group of individuals with mental illness and/or cognitive impairment. While these individuals may represent a relatively low number of serious crimes, these same individuals are disproportionately represented in carceral settings. This chapter discusses challenges police officers face in working with people who have complex needs and the training strategies used to address these frontline challenges. Included in the discussion are some of the broader socio-political contexts and subjectivities that inform frontline encounters. This ...

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