Community Safety and Zero Tolerance
: A Study of Partnership Policing

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    This research examines a community safety crime prevention partnership in the communities of Aberfan and Merthyr Vale that lie within the South Wales police area. It analyses the work of the local multi-agency partnership in its attempts to reduce recorded crime and fear of crime within that community through a variety of initiatives and schemes. This includes the use of burglary prevention schemes organised by the police and the local Safer Merthyr organisation.

    This is achieved through a variety of research methods including the examination of official statistics over a period of five years, the use of comparative questionnaire surveys and through covert observational methods. The strengths and weaknesses of these methods, including ethical and organisational problems encountered by the researcher are discussed and evaluated.

    Results indicate that not one of the objectives set by the multi agency partnership was achieved, and there appears to be no indication of any long-term positive effects as a result of the initiative. Reasons why this should have occurred are explored and a discussion on the implementation of evidence led crime prevention initiatives are considered. Consideration of future policy making-within this area is also considered.
    Date of AwardFeb 2002
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorAndrew Thompson (Supervisor)

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