History of Law Enforcement and Public Health

CLEPH is keen to compile a database on the historical relationship between law enforcement and public health


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Law enforcement and public health as an emerging field

Auke van Dijk & Nick Crofts, Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy 2016


Medical Police and the History of Public Health

Patrick E. Carroll, Medical History, 2002, 46: 461494


Policing Public Health in Queensland 1859 – 1919    

Gerald Hugo Ree, PhD Dissertation 


'Good Read' Archive


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Law enforcement & public health frameworks, theory and concepts

Commentary: Law enforcement and public health: finding common ground and global solutions to disparities in health and access to criminal justice
Nick Crofts & Stuart Thomas 2017
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Book Chapter: The Secret Social Service
Maurice Punch in The British Police, Simon Holdaway (ed.), London, Arnold 1979
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Aligning policing and public health promotion: insights from the world of foot patrol
Policing Practice and Research: An International Journal, Jennifer D. Wood,  Caitlin J. Taylor, Elizabeth R. Groff, Jerry H. Ratcliffe
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How wide or narrow should the police's remit be?
Millie, A. and Herrington, V.
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Procedural Justice and Professional Policing in Times of Austerity
Mike Hough 2013
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In praise of fire brigade policing: Contra common sense conceptions of the police role
Professor Robert Reiner, London School of Economics
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Passionate Professionals: The Dutch Police Response to the Shooting Down of Malaysian Airlines’ MH17 in the Ukraine (2014)
Maurice Punch, with Frank Hoogewoning and Auke van Dijk.
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Mental health

Police and Homeless Outreach Worker Partnerships: Policing of Homeless Individuals with Mental Illness in Washington, D.C.
Jennie Simpson 2015
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Prioritizing Treatment Over Punishment: An Overview of Mental Health Diversion from Jail in Texas
Gandy, Rachel & Smith, Erin (2016) LBJ School of Public Affiars
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Crisis Intervention Teams and People with Mental Illness: Exploring the Factors That Influence the Use of Force
- Melissa S. Morabito et al (2013)
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Aggressive policing and the mental health of young urban men
- Amanda Geller et al in American Journal of Public Health
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Drugs and alcohol

The Effectiveness of Cautioning for Minor Cannabis Offences
- The Audit Office of New South Wales (NSW Police, NSW Health)
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Protecting People Promoting Health: A public health approach to violence prevention for England
- North West Public Health Observatory at the Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University
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