Conceptual and practice tensions in LEPH: public health approaches to policing and police and public health collaborations

Isabelle Bartkowiak-Théron*, James Clover, Denise Martin, Richard F. Southby, Nick Crofts

*Corresponding author for this work

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The intersections of law enforcement and public health cover a wide range of social and medical issues. Partnerships between police and health agencies are increasingly recognised as critically important, and have a long history in practice, with an evolving history of collaborations. Regardless of whether such collaborations have worked or not, this cross-sectoral approach to complex social issues is often inadequately recognized and understood: law enforcement and public health agencies have traditionally seen their roles separately despite the interdependencies between the two fields. There is now much evidence that such polarisation is erroneous. This introduction outlines the rationale and structure of the first edited collection on Law Enforcement and Public Health, and introduces a number of complexities (here, taken as opportunities) to grow a field of research and practice that can benefit societies holistically, and for government initiatives to ensure the safety and well-being of their populations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLaw enforcement and public health
Subtitle of host publicationpartners for community safety and wellbeing
EditorsIsabelle Bartkowiak-Théron, James Clover, Denise Martin, Richard F. Southby, Nick Crofts
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783030839130
ISBN (Print)9783030839123, 9783030839154
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2022


  • Silos
  • Collaborations
  • Partnerships
  • Public safety
  • Problem-solving
  • Law enforcement
  • Public health

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