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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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Police Culture in Transition?

Police Culture in Transition?

(p.187) 7 Police Culture in Transition?
Police Culture in a Changing World

Bethan Loftus

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an evaluation of the current condition of police culture. It reviews the key findings that have been presented throughout this book and describes the implications of the research. The argument postulates a tension between the transformations that have clearly occurred in the policing landscape, and the persistence of police cultural characteristics as observed by earlier scholars. It starts with a discussion by calling into question the dominance of current thinking on police culture. It also returns to three central themes which cut across preceding chapters. The first is the apparent survival of police ways of viewing and carrying out their role as found in the classic accounts. The second addresses how reconfigurations around questions of diversity have crystallized in the dispositions and practices of police officers. The final theme considers further the enduring, but often neglected, dimension of class. There is no doubt that there have been momentous changes in the policing landscape and organization—and these offer some possibilities for reform.

Keywords:   police culture, transition, policing, policing organization, police reform

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