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NCJ Number: 157906 Find in a Library
Title: They Have Their Job, We Have Ours: Reassessing the Feasibility of Police-Social Work Cooperation
Journal: Policing and Society  Volume:5  Issue:1  Dated:(1995)  Pages:37-51
Author(s): A Bar-On
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 15
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Many administrators, social planners, and politicians recommend that policing and social work collaborate more, even though differences between critical properties of the two occupations far outweigh similarities.
Abstract: Two major factors influence interoccupational relations, occupational culture and occupational structure. Occupational elements of policing and social work include mission, objectives, social ideology, strategy, intervention, and domain. Significant differences exist between these elements for policing and social work. Further, demographic characteristics of policing and social work, specifically gender and education, produce unique occupational identities. Cultural and structural properties fundamentally divide the police from social work. Social workers often perceive the police as clumsy, prejudiced, over-reactive, and professionally insensitive, while the police frequently view social workers as soft, lacking in social conscience, and professionally naive. The author concludes that proposals to improve police-social work relationships may not be feasible and that each occupation should simply fulfill its societal role on its own. 92 references
Main Term(s): Police-social worker cooperation
Index Term(s): Interagency cooperation; Interdisciplinary analysis; Police organizational structure; Police responsibilities; Police social services; Social work; Social workers
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