My career at ECU has more recently focused on building a Research Centre with a focus on high impact publications, collaboratively generated by practitioners and scholars in areas of current relevance to policing and justice functions.
This endeavor has seen the Sellenger Centre for Research in Law, Justice and Social Change evolve into a brand recognised by the professions as facilitating the development of evidence-based policing and justice practice.
The Sellenger Centre brings together practitioners, postgraduate students, and national and international researchers to generate evidence to inform the continuous improvement of methods applied within a policing and justice context.
The Centre is staffed by a small group of energetic and enthusiastic researchers committed to academic rigor within what is essentially a very practical field of research.
Financial support from ECU, external stakeholders and external grant revenues helps to create a stable and consistent research environment.
In close proximity to the WA Police Academy, the Sellenger Centre has a strong research relationship with WA Police and with national and international policing jurisdictions. Research completed in collaboration with WA Police includes the use of a confidential telephone line (the 'Blueline') to report misconduct and unethical behavior, the misuse of the information management system by WA Police Staff, outcomes associated with the implementation of a Human Source Management Framework, and the effectiveness of specialist police training in human source cultivation and management.
As these areas show, the Centre has developed trusted relationships with research partners that enable access to high-risk, specialised areas of policing. Despite their sensitive nature, high impact publications have been generated and co-authored with relevant stakeholders.
Current collaborative policing research is spread across a number of policing functions.
- Intelligence: Human source motivation, core attributes of an effective human source handler, the use of Crime Stoppers as a means of recruiting human sources, effective training in human source recruitment and management and the application of community policing principles to prevent the radicalization of young Muslims.
- Traffic Enforcement: The prevalence of car versus house crashes and the enforcement of low-level speeding.
- Operational Skills: Developing proficiency standards and training programs that adequately prepare officers to use force options in an appropriate way.
I invite you to explore our vibrant Research Centre and see first hand the wealth of research opportunity that has yet to be capitalized upon.
Researchers, postgraduate students, and stakeholders are enthusiastically planning for the future to ensure that ECU and the Centre become internationally-recognized as a leader within this field of research.