Conference papers

Crime control and policing in the 21st century

Peter Grabosky
Australian Institute of Criminology

Presented at:
The future and criminology : new solutions for old problems or old solutions for new problems? : 14th annual ANZSOC conference
University of Western Australia, Perth
28-30 September 1999


This paper will explore what society's response to crime will look like in the year 2020. Following a brief discussion of the anticipated criminal environment, and trends which will influence the delivery of public services, the paper will suggest some of the forms which future institutions of crime control are likely to take. In addition to the transformation of Australian police services, the paper will discuss private and non-profit institutions of crime control, and how these will interact with public institutions. The paper will conclude with a discussion of trade-offs between personal safety and individual freedom, and how these will shift over time. It predicts greater societal investment in personal safety at the expense of individual freedom.

About the presenter

Peter Grabosky is Director of Research at the Australian Institute of Criminology, where he has worked since 1983. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University and has been the author of numerous books and other publications over the last 20 years. Since coming to Australia in 1978, he has written a number of books and articles on criminology and public policy, the most recent of which is Crime in the digital age : controlling telecommunications and cyberspace illegality (Co-authored with Russell G. Smith). He was Foundation Director of the South Australian Office of Crime Statistics (1978-82) and Director of Research for the National Committee on Violence (1988-90). He has held a number of visiting appointments including: the Institute of Comparative Law in Japan, Chuo University (1993); the Australian National University (1993-4); and the Chinese People's Public Security University (1995). In July of 1998 he was elected President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology.