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Police Culture in a Changing World$
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Bethan Loftus

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199560905

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560905.001.0001

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Policing Diverse Publics

Policing Diverse Publics

(p.127) 5 Policing Diverse Publics
Police Culture in a Changing World

Bethan Loftus

Oxford University Press

This chapter assesses how the accent on diversity has shaped the perspectives and practices of officers as they policed their diverse publics. It illustrates that responses to the altered policing landscape are contradictory and uneven. In the wake of the diversity emphasis, aspects of the occupational culture are being revised and unlearned. It begins the analysis with an exploration of how the informal ideologies which comprise the police identity currently interact with gender, before going on to discuss sexuality and ethnicity. The beginnings of multiple policing outlooks and styles which conform with the requirements of the diversity agenda are being witnessed. In spite of the growth of new policing identities, various problems remain with respect to how officers perceive and treat their diverse publics.

Keywords:   policing, diverse publics, police officers, occupational culture, gender, sexuality, ethnicity

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