How 'Vulnerable' young people describe their interactions with police: building positive pathways to drug diversion and treatment in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia.

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      This article describes findings from an Australian mixed method study, and explores young people's perceptions of police. We focus on the nature of positive experiences, and the potential for positive encounters to improve outcomes for young offenders affected by problematic alcohol and other drug use. Buber's concept of dialogical interaction is used to articulate the components of a positive experience and how this increases police legitimacy. In doing so, we demonstrate that, despite negative experiences, young people can be sympathetic to the tensions of modern policing, and can envisage police as positive role models. As such, police can enhance outcomes for 'vulnerable' young people through more respectful interactions. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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