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NCJ Number: 118604 Find in a Library
Title: Police Culture and Police Practice (From Police Research: Some Future Prospects, P 77-87, 1989, Mollie Weatheritt, ed. -- See NCJ-118600)
Author(s): N G Fielding
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Gower Publishing Co Ltd
Aldershot, Hants GU11 3HR, England
Sale Source: Gower Publishing Co Ltd
Gower House, Croft Road,
Aldershot, Hants GU11 3HR,
United Kingdom
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This paper examines appropriate ways of analyzing how police officers handle encounters with citizens.
Abstract: An analysis of such interactions requires a complex analytic framework that is sensitive to the interplay of formal organizational rules, local variants of the occupational culture, and the officers' own experience. The recommended approach holds on one side the macro-level, sociopolitical forces which may impinge on police-public interactions by, for example, changes in the political economy of police resources arising from public pressure, changes in law, and changes in the political sensitivities and projects of politicians. It holds on the other side the micro-level factors of officer socialization into the police culture and the means by which officers validate performance of their distinctive work, as well as the occupational and personal experiences of individual officers. As the length of service increases, the influence of formal training recedes and officers develop personal styles and skills for dealing with various citizen encounters. 15 references.
Main Term(s): Police-citizen interactions
Index Term(s): Police discretion; Police research; United Kingdom (UK)
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