The New Policing provides a comprehensive introduction to the critical issues confronting policing today. It incorporates an overview of traditional approaches to the study of the police with a discussion of current perspectives. The book goes on to examine key themes, including the core purpose of contemporary policework; the reconfiguration of police culture; organizational issues and dilemmas currently confronting the police; the managerial reforms and professional innovations that have been implemented in recent years; and the future of policing, security, and crime control. In offering this discussion of the nature and role of the police, The New Policing illustrates the need to re-examine and re-think the theoretical perspectives that have constituted policing studies. Examining evidence from the UK, the USA, and other western societies, the book promotes and enables an understanding of the cultural and symbolic significance of policing in society.

Police Culture

Police culture

As was established in Chapters 2 and 3, police scholarship, in a variety of different jurisdictions, established that certain orders of thought and feeling and behavioural tendencies develop as rank and file officers gradually internalize and adapt to the requirements of routine police work. The norms and values associated with the workplace culture exercise a significant influence in everyday decisions in policework. However, the self-protective, self-reinforcing, culture is not just the result of the inter-personal dynamics of the work group or the collective experiences of rank and file officers. Rather, as we have seen this culture is constituted within situated work practices that produce and sustain the core discourses and symbolic categorizations of the imagined police community. What was also established in ...

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