The Flinders Journal of Law Reform is a refereed, scholarly journal with a national and international outlook. It seeks to disseminate information and views on matters relating to law reform, including developments in case and statute law, as well as proposals for law reform, be they from formal law reform bodies or from other institutions or individuals. The Journal publishes articles, case and legislation notes and comments and reviews of books on law reform-related themes. It is published twice a year and the two issues per year constitute a volume of the Journal.
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(Flinders University School of Law, 2008-04) Ayling, Julie
Once, police largely depended on their status as the embodiment of the State’s monopoly on coercive force to obtain the assistance they needed to do their job. Today they are increasingly reliant on formalised arrangements of reciprocity with other public and private agents. Police are both purchasers and vendors of goods and services, including security services. This paper explores the issues surrounding the growing importance of contractualism in policing and its risks. After an examination of events policing by one large Australian police organisation, the paper concludes that, although the risks are substantial, newer economic forms of policing like ‘user-pays’ are not necessarily antithetical to the public interest. They may, in fact, promote it.