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NCJ Number: 149946 Find in a Library
Title: Ideology of Internal Recruitment: The Selection of Chief Constables and Changes Within the Tripartite Arrangement
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:34  Issue:3  Dated:(Summer 1994)  Pages:322-338
Author(s): D S Wall
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 17
Type: Historical Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article examines the historical process by which Great Britain's Home Office increased its leverage over the police by controlling the type of persons who became police managers and looks at changes in police manager selection policies.
Abstract: The formal approach to selecting chief constables has not changed much in Great Britain since the early 19th Century. The police authority still advertises the vacancy, develops a list of candidates, votes on the candidates, and obtains appointment approval. Career patterns of chief constables between 1835 and 1985 demonstrate certain changes, however, in chief constable selection policies that focus on internal versus external police manager recruitment. These career patterns also show how different policing traditions have merged. The development of an ideology of internal recruitment has turned chief constables into a special, internally accountable, professional elite with direct links to the central government. The author contends that the shift in control over the police toward the Home Office and chief constables has occurred at the expense of weakened police powers. He traces the social origins of chief constables and discusses the ideological implications of internal recruitment. 32 references
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): Great Britain/United Kingdom; History of policing; Police chiefs; Police management; Police organizational structure; Police personnel selection; Police staff recruitment
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