LEPH2016 CONFIRMS NEED FOR INTERSECTORAL APPROACH TO COMPLEX SOCIAL ISSUES
Leading up to the most successful LEPH2016 Conference in Amsterdam potential participants were asked the following key questions.
- Are you working ‘on the ground’ in a law enforcement and public health capacity and often challenged by situations where collaborative responses are required?
- Are you responsible for developing policy responses to the complex social problems requiring responses from police, other law enforcement personnel and a range of public health practitioners?
- Do some of the current ‘hot issues’ like refugees, security, marginalisation and radicalisation challenge you to think differently in how to plan and conduct your work?
- Do you want to hear about successful strategies and programs from your international peers?
- Are you keen and willing to share your research or practical experiences with these colleagues?
The conference answered all of these questions with a resounding ‘YES’.
LEPH2016 lived up to the claim as a ‘must attend’ conference. Delegate numbers exceeded expectations as a diverse range of leaders, policy makers, academics, practitioners and ‘experience experts took part in this biennial conference exploring the complex and diverse intersection of law enforcement and public health.
LEPH2016 confirmed that understanding this common ground is critically important, with many current social, humanitarian, security and broad public health issues requiring an inter-sectoral approach. In this rapidly emerging field it is important to bring together practitioners, policymakers and academics to explore the nature of the myriad interactions between police and public health.
- Why is the obvious intersection of law enforcement (especially police) and public health so inadequately recognised and poorly understood?
- Why is the marginalisation of certain populations the enemy of security and health?
- Can inclusive policing really work to overcome marginalisation?
- What actually works ‘on the ground’ and in practice?
- What helps build police-public health partnerships that are effective, accountable and inclusive?
LEPH2016 moved the discussion from Description (LEPH2012) and Analysis (LEPH2014) to Action (LEPH2016). One hopes that LEPH2018 will be able to report on significant on’ the ground’ progress and further explore the challenges from such complex social issues.