Out on patrol: Maintaining the strengths and addressing the weaknesses of Scotland’s Community Warden Scheme

Brown, Donna (2012) Out on patrol: Maintaining the strengths and addressing the weaknesses of Scotland’s Community Warden Scheme. Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 14 (4). pp. 258-277. ISSN 1460-3780

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/cpcs.2012.9


In recent years ‘community safety’ has received renewed levels of interest and investment from national governments and local authorities. This has culminated in the proliferation of a diverse range of in/formal policing strategies incorporating crime reduction and/or crime prevention. The policies and programmes developed to deliver ‘community safety’ reflect local concerns as much as national commitment. One such programme is Scotland’s Community Warden Scheme, which provides the focus of this article. Community Wardens are characterised as a ‘uniformed, semi-official presence’ within an extended policing team, focusing on the improvement of community safety measures. Drawing on innovative empirical data generated in Dundee, this article criti- cally evaluates the positive and negative attributes of the Community Warden Scheme from the perspective of the Wardens. It highlights the key themes of developing relationships with the local community; establishing and addressing local policing priorities; multi-stakeholder working; and, the tensions between Community Warden management and practice, to make suggestions about how the strengths of the programme can be maintained and the weaknesses addressed. The article aims to make an important contri- bution to debates about current approaches to ‘community safety’ while engaging with the policy and practitioner aspects of its delivery.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: community policing, community safety, community wardens, Scotland, social research
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L400 Social Policy
L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Donna Brown
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2012 14:13
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 14:37
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/9622

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