From security to health

Scott Burris

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Introduction Security matters to health. Crime victimization causes death, injury and illness. Injury or death is an occupational hazard for police. The criminal justice system causes injury and illness in the course of attempting to punish and deter crime. Policing policies and practices can have a significant impact on the ability of other public and private agencies to implement health interventions successfully. Police themselves routinely deal with people who have serious health needs, and even on occasion are the primary agents implementing health interventions. The health consequences of law enforcement are far from trivial, making it important for health to be integrated as a matter of concern into criminological research and law enforcement practice. The link between health and policing, and the significance of health outcomes, should be more fully accepted in criminology. Likewise, the governance of security is an important matter for public health research and practice. If health outcomes are seen as an important product of security arrangements, conventional policing can be reconfigured to reduce negative health consequences and promote positive ones. There are, however, limits to the extent that state-centred policing can be expected to change. The theory of nodal governance and the programmatic work of innovators in the governance of security movement offer useful insights into the co-ordination of health and security outside the state-centred policing framework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDemocracy, Society and the Governance of Security
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780511489358
ISBN (Print)0521616425, 9780521850926
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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