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Zero tolerance policing

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 102

P N Grabosky
ISBN 0 642 24092 2 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, December 1998


The term zero tolerance is interpreted differently and used widely within the public arena. Grabosky outlines how the terminology was coined and implemented in the United States before examining its Australian historical context. He discusses the complexities associated with adopting zero policing as well as the wider perspectives of its use.


  • Media release: Zero tolerance policing