In recent years, Black Police Associations (BPAs) have become key forces of change within the police service, involved in minority ethnic recruitment and retention initiatives, working closely with senior management, and also serving as mechanisms of support minority ethnic constabulary members and recruits. Most police services in England and Wales now have an officially recognised BPA, making it essential to consider the effect these groups have on the police occupational culture. Using data from our recent research project on BPAs, we explore issues such as the decreasing importance of rank and grading in the police culture; whether a parallel, ?black? occupational culture is emerging alongside the traditional ?white? one; the indirect influence BPAs have had as part of a wider process of change and the interplay between changing individuals and changing the institution as a whole.
|Title of host publication||Police Occupational Culture|
|Subtitle of host publication||New Debates and Directions|
|Editors||Megan O'Neill, Monique Marks, Anne-Marie Singh|
|Place of Publication||Amsterdam|
|Publisher||Elsevier Press / JAI Press|
|Number of pages||22|
|ISBN (Electronic)||9780080550060, 9780857240552, 9781281019462|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|
|Name||Sociology of Crime, Law and Deviance|
|Publisher||Elsevier Press / Emerald|
O'Neill, M., & Holdaway, S. (2007). Black Police Associations and the police occupational culture. In M. O'Neill, M. Marks, & A-M. Singh (Eds.), Police Occupational Culture : New Debates and Directions (pp. 253-274). (Sociology of Crime, Law and Deviance). Elsevier Press / JAI Press.