Black Police Associations and the police occupational culture

Megan O'Neill, Simon Holdaway

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPolice Occupational Culture
    Subtitle of host publicationNew Debates and Directions
    EditorsMegan O'Neill, Monique Marks, Anne-Marie Singh
    Place of PublicationAmsterdam
    PublisherElsevier Press / JAI Press
    Number of pages22
    ISBN (Electronic)9780080550060, 9780857240552, 9781281019462
    ISBN (Print)9780762313075
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

    Publication series

    NameSociology of Crime, Law and Deviance
    PublisherElsevier Press / Emerald


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