Towards a Positive Psychology of Policing: Enabling Indigenous Children, Youth, and Communities to Thrive

Year: 2018

Author: Atkins, Paul, Craven, Rhonda, Brockman, Robert, Gallagher, Peter

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

The Royal Commission and Board of Inquiry into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory (NT) prompted the NT Government to call for, among other initiatives, change within the NT Police Force to improve relations with Indigenous youth. This pilot project aims to engage Indigenous youth in voicing their priorities, concerns and goals with respect to relations with the NTPF, to identify examples of best practice in positive relations, to learn more from Indigenous youth about how best to increase Indigenous youth recruitment into the NTPF and to engage members of the NTPF in better understanding Indigenous youth perspectives. The project will incorporate a participatory approach utilising both quantitative and qualitative methods. Consistent with Indigenous ways of knowing and being, while the research is structured to achieve its aims, participants in the project will be involved in co-designing key elements of the research including choosing informants to interview, conducting interviews and observations in their networks, and co-creating an analytic framework for interpreting the results. This research will provide a basis for a much larger project including cultural change in the NTPF to enhance relations with the public they serve, particularly Indigenous communities.