A critical examination of the policing of public sex environments in London

Rogers, Raymond Edward (2013) A critical examination of the policing of public sex environments in London. MA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation critically examines the policing of public sex in open places. It concentrates on open environments that are not exclusively, but to a large extent, used by members of the LGBT community. The research is based on the (very limited associated) academic literature that has explored the history and practices of policing these environments and by the primary research undertaken, with both members of the LGBT community and members of the police service. The advantage of this approach is the chance to fully embrace opinions in a confidential setting, and allows this dissertation the opportunity to wholly contribute to the noticeable gap in the research of this area. This dissertation explores the current position and feeling of the members of the LGBT community that were interviewed and have used public sex environments; it explores opportunities for the police service to ensure that they maintain a key role in the safety and protection of the LGBT communities that it polices. It concludes that whilst there is evidence of confidence in the police from the LGBT community, there is a need for the police service to re-examine and re-visit its approach to policing public sex environments. It also identifies that to continue to maximise confidence and trust with the LGBT community, the police service would benefit from re-establishing its use and purpose of liaison officers, by revisiting their purpose, scope and terms and reference within the community. The positive use of the police volunteer community’s role in public sex environments was also identified as was the key advantages of enhanced partnership working with other agencies in the management of public sex environments.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2013 10:29
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:31
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/13952

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