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Donna STURGESS APM

Year of Award: 2007 Award State: Queensland Emergency Services > Police
Transport And Infrastructure > Rail
To study how policing organisations address rail related safety and security to provide an environment that gains community confidence - Russia, U.K., USA, Canada, Hong Kong
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Conclusions:

Whilst all jurisdictions bear idiosyncrasies, it was evident, that policing and issues affecting police are substantially consistent worldwide. Events over the past decade have defined the future of policing in respect of crime prevention; in particular, when considering rail related transport.

The level of crime on rail networks worldwide is very low. The perception of the level of crime and the safeness of rail networks, however, varies considerably.

Hong Kong has created a rail system designed with safety and security measures. Strong partnerships between the police and rail operator and a dense population ensure the network is safe and perceptions of safety are high.

New York enjoys a reputation of being one of the safest cities in the world. A number of factors can be attributed to this including the initiatives introduced by Bratten in to the New York City Transit Authority in the 1990’s and then ultimately across New York as a whole by Major Guiliani. However, in response to more recent events, a high density, highly visible police presence, community engagement, education and marketing have elevated perceptions of safety, particularly in respect of the New York Subway.

The UK, like Australia, continues to experience low levels of crime, irreconcilable with perceptions. The UK has implemented a raft of strategies including NHP Teams and Crime Reduction Partnerships that preliminary research support as effective in reducing crime and elevating perceptions.

Levels of perception of safety on rail networks are clearly closely associated with aesthetics, coupled with crime prevention and reduction strategies such as crime prevention compliant engineering and design, enforcement strategies, police/community engagement and the maintenance of effective partnerships.

Awards and Honours

  • 2011 awarded Australian Police Medal 
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