This book reinvigorates the debate about the origins and development of police culture within our changing social, economic and political landscape. An in-depth analysis and appreciation of the police socialisation, identity and culture literature is combined with a comprehensive four-year longitudinal study of new recruits to a police force in England. The result offers new insights into the development of, and influences upon, new police recruits who refer to themselves as a "new breed" of police officer. Adding significantly to the police culture literature, this original and empirically based research also provides valuable insights into the challenges of modern policing in an age of austerity. Scholars of policing and criminal justice, as well as police officers themselves will find this compelling reading.
Sarah Charman is Reader in Criminology at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth, UK.
PART 1. Interpreting Police Socialisation, Identity and Culture.- Chapter 1. Organisational Culture and the Policing Organisation.- Chapter 2 Social, Personal and Group Identity.- Chapter 3 Training and Education in Policing.- Chapter 4 Learning to be a Police Officer - Police Socialisation.- Chapter 5 Being a Police Officer - Policing Cultures.- PART 2. Researching Police Socialisation, Identity and Culture.- Chapter 6. The Research - Aims and Methods.- Chapter 7. Quantitative Findings - Measuring Attitudes, Measuring Change.- Chapter 8. Qualitative Findings I - Learning to be a Cop.- Chapter 9. Qualitative Findings II - Becoming and Being a Cop.- Chapter 10. Qualitative Findings III - Contemporary Policing Challenges.- Chapter 11. Conclusion - Reconceptualising Policing Cultures.