Police have always had a role to play in one form or another when disasters strike. These roles have included emergency response, rescue, and identification of victims; securing and cordoning of impacted areas; and in recent times, the actual management and coordination of multiagency response. Throughout history, our police agencies have been asked to look after the day-to-day community needs with respect to policing and law enforcement, and in recent times, public expectations during disaster situations have forced additional roles onto them relating to disaster/emergency-management-related prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Police today are expected to not only be the upholders and enforcers of our laws but to take an active, and in some cases, a leading role in the preparation for and response to disasters and emergencies.
|Title of host publication||Australian policing|
|Subtitle of host publication||Critical issues in 21st century police practice|
|Editors||Philip Birch, Michael Kennedy, Erin Kruger|
|Place of Publication||Abingdon, England|
|Number of pages||15|
|ISBN (Print)||9780367464677, 9780367464660|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|