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Two Methods of Policing: Will the Resources of the Police Officers and the Local Communities be Spiraling Upwards or Downwards?

Journal article
Authors Anne-Christine Andersson Arntén
Kerstin Wentz
Trevor Archer
Published in Journal of Forensic Science & Criminal Investigation
Volume 11
Issue 3
Pages 1-5
ISSN 2476-1311
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Psychology
Institute of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Health Metrics
Pages 1-5
Language en
Keywords Occupations; Mutilation; Witnessing; Shootings; Dealing; Normalcy; Exposure
Subject categories Psychology


From the viewpoint of Swedish vulnerable areas this article focusing on the potential consequences of two methods of policing (Zero-tolerance and boundary-relation) from the perspective of factors connected with officers’ health, professional work performance, and the effect on the resources of the local community such as work against crime. The authors put forward different patterns of loss of resources that result from officers stressful and traumatic experiences. The article further discuss the effects on society connected to signs of loss of resources in the areas of health, such as cynicism, and performance. The two methods of policing play very different parts in whether resources will be lost or gained when the officers approach the local community. Reflecting the principles of Sir Robert Peel wherein the good relations between the police and the public is emphasized as the basis of effective policing.

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