By D. McCarthy
Studying multi-agency operating according to anti-social behaviour, this e-book investigates the way the police, social paintings groups and the formative years justice carrier interact on early intervention tasks to aid adolescents, and explores the complexities and functional struggles of those partnerships.
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The statutory creation of Crime and Disorder Partnerships in 1998 under the Labour government’s Crime and Disorder Act (CDA) was the first real effort on a political level to install multi-agency working. The adoption of the findings of the Morgan Report was, according to Crawford (2002: 31), an important step in beginning ‘a long overdue recognition that the levers of crime and causes of crime lie far from the traditional reach of the criminal justice system’. The initial foundation of the CDA consisted of local authorities, police, fire authorities, and the Probation Service, which was later extended by the Police Reform Act (2002) to include local education authorities and NHS Primary Care Trusts.
Offer is that, from its establishment, multi-agency working tended to be formed around environmental design/target-hardening programmes that allowed the police and housing bodies to maintain a dominant role given their well-established remits in these areas. Edwards’ (2002) analysis of the strategic dilemmas facing many agencies engaged in partnership working highlights the difficulties faced by agencies in asserting their own organisational priorities over the wider interests of the partnership, in particular police priorities.
1992: 50) many police officers viewed meetings as ‘talking shops’, which lacked task-orientation and tangible outcomes. This reflected the hierarchical command-control structure of the police which, Pearson et al. argue, is a relatively ‘closed shop’ when it comes to listening and even hearing suggestions from other agencies about how the police should conduct their activities. Research in the context of collaborative decision-making regarding the use of ASB powers has arrived at similar findings.