Journal article

Law enforcement and public health: recognition and enhancement of joined-up solutions

Auke J van Dijk, Victoria Herrington, Nick Crofts, Robert Breunig, Scott Burris, Helen Sullivan, John Middleton, Susan Sherman, Nicholas Thomson

The Lancet | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2019


Public security and law enforcement have a crucial but often largely unacknowledged role in protecting and promoting public health. Although the security sector is a key partner in many specific public health programmes, its identity as an important part of the public health endeavour is rarely recognised. This absence of recognition has resulted in a generally inadequate approach to research and investigation of ways in which law enforcement, especially police at both operational and strategic levels, can be effectively engaged to actively promote and protect public health as part of a broader multisectoral public health effort. However, the challenge remains to engage police to consider th..

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