Police and partners: new ways of working together in Montreal

Authors:
BEAULIEU Marie, COTE Michelle, DIAZ Luisa
Journal article citation:
Journal of Adult Protection, 19(6), 2017, pp.406-417.
Publisher:
Emerald

The purpose of this paper is to present an inter-agency practice integrated within a police intervention model which was developed for police officers and their partners in Montréal. Design/methodology/approach: The Integrated Police Response for Abused Seniors (IPRAS) action research project (2013-2016) developed, tested, and implemented a police intervention model to counter elder abuse. Two linked phases of data collection were carried out: a diagnostic of police practices and needs (year 1) and an evaluation of the implementation of the intervention model and the resulting effects (years 2 and 3). Findings: The facilitating elements to support police involvement in inter-agency practices include implementing a coordination structure regarding abuse cases as well as designating clear guidelines of the roles of both the police and their partners. The critical challenges involve staff turnover, time management and the exchange of information. It was recognised by all involved that it is crucial to collaborate while prioritising resource investment and governmental support, with regards to policy and financing, as well as adequate training. Practical implications: The IPRAS model is transferable because its components can be adapted and implemented according to different police services. A guideline for implementing the model is available. Originality/value: In the scientific literature, inter-agency collaboration is highly recommended but only a few models have been evaluated. This paper presents an inter-agency approach embedded in an evaluated police intervention model. (Publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
police, joint working, models, interagency cooperation, older people, elder abuse, evaluation, safeguarding adults, prevention;
Content type:
practice example
Location(s):
Canada
Link:
Journal home page
ISSN print:
1466-8203

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