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Infected Justice: The Impact of HIV/AIDS on the Police in Anglo-phone Sub-Saharan Africa
by Meehan, Nathan, Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany, 2009, 259; 3387833
Abstract (Summary)

Sub-Saharan Africa is an epicenter of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This disease is affecting nearly every aspect of society in this region. This disease destroys individuals, strains family structures, weakens economies, burdens health systems, and can destabilize entire countries. The police are also being affected by HIV/AIDS. The way in which this disease impacts police organizations in sub-Saharan Africa is understudied. This project sought to estimate the HIV/AIDS impacts on police organizations in Anglo-phone sub-Sahara by utilizing the available literature on how HIV/AIDS affects military, civil service, healthcare, and education organizations in these same countries. It also attempts to identify the extent that it is possible to learn about the police by studying other organizations. This project found that HIV/AIDS impacts an organization due to personnel infected with the disease and changes in its operating environment. Organizations have different internal structures and operate in different environments. These differences mediate the way in which an organization is affected by HIV/AIDS. HIV/AIDS is likely to impact police personnel and operations in a number of ways which will combine to result in a reduced ability to provide services to the public. This project was able to estimate some ways in which HIV/AIDS impacts police organizations. It also determined that it is possible to learn about the police through the study of other organizations. However, the findings of this project are speculative and both research and fieldwork are needed to measure the impact of HIV/AIDS on police personnel, police operations, and police work.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bayley, David
Commitee: Loftin, Colon, McNutt, Louise-Ann, Newman, Graeme, Stamatel, Janet
School: State University of New York at Albany
Department: Criminal Justice
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 71/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Public health, Public administration, Sub Saharan Africa Studies, Law enforcement
Keywords: Africa, Anglophone, HIV/AIDS, Police, Sub-Saharan Africa
Publication Number: 3387833
ISBN: 978-1-109-54345-2
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