Queering police administration: How policing administration complicates LGBTIQ-police relations


This seminar will explore how police service administration complicates and facilitates the relationships between LGBTIQ communities and police.

Start Date

25th May 2018 3:00pm

End Date

25th May 2018 4:00pm


Social Sciences room 322, Sandy Bay

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This presentation by Associate Professor in Police Studies and Emergency Management Angela Dwyer explores how police service administration complicates and facilitates the relationships between LGBTIQ communities and police.

Dr Dwyer will demonstrate the importance of queering (Ault, 1996) police administration processes by analysing data from across a number of Australian research projects focused on how police interact with LGBTIQ people using a queer theoretical framework and critical and queer criminological research approaches.

The data she will draw on highlights a range of issues:

  • how (or not) police organisations collect data related to LGBTIQ victimisation;
  • how administrative, sometimes politically-motivated decisions made by police hierarchy can influence perspectives and experiences of police officers in police organisations;
  • how police administrative structures can disallow LGBTIQ people from having access to support from service enhancement programmes; how police policies can silence LGBTIQ issues;
  • How the administrative set up of service enhancement programmes means that officers are less able to support LGBTIQ people when they come to them.

Dr Angela Dwyer is an Associate Professor in Police Studies and Emergency Management at the School of Social Sciences, College of Arts, Law and Education, University of Tasmania and an Adjunct Professor with the Crime and Justice Research Centre at the Queensland University of Technology. She is also a Senior Researcher with the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies and a member of the ‘Vulnerability, Resilience, and Policing Research Consortium’. She is a leading scholar on how sexuality, gender, and sex diversity influences policing and criminal justice experiences, and how young people from vulnerable groups experience policing. She has broad expertise with qualitative and quantitative research methods, including interviews, focus groups, surveys, observation, document analysis, and discourse analysis. She is the lead editor of Queering Criminology with Dr Matthew Ball and Dr Thomas Crofts published Palgrave Macmillan. Angela was invited to be part of the Executive Board’s for Working it Outand TasCAHRD , both peak organisations supporting LGBTI people in Tasmania. She co-coordinates Police Studies in the College of Arts and Law with Professor Rick Snell.

This presentation is part of the Social Sciences Seminar series, designed to be informal, work-in-progress roundtables to generate discussion among colleagues. All welcome.

Hosted by the School of Social Sciences, Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies and Institute for the Study of Social Change.