In an international backdrop of economic and political instability, policing is becoming more professionalised, and the human rights of victims and offenders are increasingly scrutinised. Police organisations and their personnel (sworn and unsworn) are required to do more, often with fewer public resources. This collection begins to answer important questions in relation to the policing of vulnerable communities, or "vulnerable people". Contributors have considered what police officers need to know about vulnerable people, in order for them to do their job well. They have also considered the impact of legal categories of vulnerability on police operational procedures. Each chapter offers a critical evaluation of contemporary practices at each point of the policing process, and provides practical solutions for strengthening frontline and management capacity in vulnerable people policing. Chapters provide analytical, theoretical and empirical insight on vulnerable people policing and reflect on critical issues in a domain that is increasingly subject to media and political scrutiny, and speedy conversion from policy to practice. The contributions provide an evaluation of contemporary strategies in policing (and, in some cases, the wider criminal justice system) using a range of research approaches: from overview, to gap analysis, and in most chapters, critical discussions of best practice approaches.