The New South Wales Police Media Unit: A History of Risk Communications

Alyce McGovern

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    In recent times sociologists and criminologists alike have looked to extend uponBeck's (1992) 'risk society' thesis in an attempt to characterise the state of modernWestern society. One institutional arena which has seen a growth in the impact 'risksociety' approaches have had on its operations are policing organisations. Police areseen as one of many institutions concerned with the detection and management ofrisk, which has shifted the traditional police focus on crime control to one of riskmanagement. This paper will focus on the growth of the New South Wales PoliceMedia Unit and outline the ways in which police risk communications have developedacross the history of this professionalised Unit within New South Wales Police. Bytracing the history of the New South Wales Police Media Unit, we will be able to seehow the communication of risks has become one, of a number, of importantexchanges the police make with the media and public.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Annual conference of The Australian Sociological Association
    EditorsR. White
    Place of PublicationTasmania
    PublisherThe Australian Sociological Association
    Number of pages1
    ISBN (Electronic)0959846050
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    EventCommunity, Place, Change, TASA 2005 Conference - University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay Campus, Australia
    Duration: 05 Dec 200508 Dec 2005


    ConferenceCommunity, Place, Change, TASA 2005 Conference

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