Emergency management and the role of state police

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAustralian policing
Subtitle of host publicationCritical issues in 21st century police practice
EditorsPhilip Birch, Michael Kennedy, Erin Kruger
Place of PublicationAbingdon, England
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781003028918
ISBN (Print)9780367464677, 9780367464660
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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