First-response police officers working in single person patrols: A literature review


This literature review examines the challenges faced by first-response officers when performing their duties solo, the impact working alone has on officers performing their duties, how decisions are made to deploy single person patrols, and are single person patrols in line with community expectations.


Thank you to all the police associations in Australia and overseas who sent information on single person patrols. In addition, we appreciate the time and effort that staff of the SA Police Service, NSW Police, Western Australia Police, Northern Territory Police, Victoria Police, Tasmania Police and ACT Policing took to provide us with additional information on the topic. We would also like to acknowledge all the time and effort Janine Chandler (AIC JV Barry librarian) dedicated to helping us locate literature that was proving difficult to find.