Policing has experienced considerable change over recent years generated by complex social, economic and political changes; changes in science and technology, in laws, values and standards, in knowledge and understanding about the causes of crime and social disorder; and changes in increased expectations upon police by the community. Professionalisation of policing is necessary to address these issues and the establishment of a professional body for policing is integral to this professionalisation process.
The Australasian Institute of Policing has been established by practitioners, for practitioners to further the policing profession and is therefore independent from police employers, government and the various industrial bodies.
The Institute has been established with the object to:
- promote the policing profession;
- promote professional practice standards within the policing profession;
- endorse education related to the policing profession;
- certify individual police practitioners;
- develop, promote and encourage ethical standards of policing practice;
- to facilitate the sharing of research and information as to best practice policing;
- to enhance public confidence in the police profession and the service provided to the public by members of the policing profession; and
- to promote professional mobility of police practitioners.