Police Culture and Subculture Research Paper by natashagils

Police Culture and Subculture
An examination of the historical purpose of a police force and how deviant police behavior can be modified.
# 113594 | 1,838 words | 10 sources | APA | 2009 | CA
Published on Apr 21, 2009 in Business (Management) , Criminology (General)

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This paper defines police culture, deviance from the standard and acceptable behavior. The paper illustrates the traditional, historical purpose of a police force and the functions it performs today, in respect to deviant police behavior and how it can be modified. The paper then provides suggestions on how to amend the organizational culture that promotes police deviance.

Table of Contents:
Defining Culture
From the Past to the Present of Policing & Police Culture
Police Culture and Sub-Culture
Deviant Police Behavior
Changing Deviant Police Culture

From the Paper:

"Culture affects a society by laying down norms and values which manifest in the behavior of the people who make up a society. A strong, healthy culture breeds strong, healthy individuals and a weak, ineffectual culture will breed weak, inadequate individuals. Police and other law enforcing agencies, within their organizations, have a culture which is learned and reflected in attitudes and behavior by the police officers within that culture. In order to produce an effective and honest law-enforcing force, the central culture of each policing body has to be analyzed, its defects studied and modified. Selection of appropriate candidates, continuous training, well-defined management/supervisory roles, clear roles of inspectors/policemen, strict professional standards/internal investigation and the responsibilities of the top brass can all be looked into and revised to promote a productive workforce who enforce law responsibly and conscientiously."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bjerregaard, B., and Lord, V., (2004). An examination of the ethical and value orientation of criminal justice students. Police Quarterly, 27(2), 262-284.
  • Chan, Janet. (1996). Changing Police Culture. British Journal of Criminology.
  • Hoad, T.F. (1996). "Sheriff." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology.
  • Johnson, David R. (1981). American Law Enforcement: A History. Saint Louis, MO: Forum Press.
  • Johnston, L., & Shearing, C. (2003). Governing Security: Explorations in Policing and Justice. London: Routledge.

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Police Culture and Subculture (2009, April 21) Retrieved October 21, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/research-paper/police-culture-and-subculture-113594/

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