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Police Community Support OfficersCultures and Identities within Pluralised Policing$
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Megan O'Neill

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198803676

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198803676.001.0001

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The Widening Police Family, Community Policing, and Police Culture

The Widening Police Family, Community Policing, and Police Culture

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(p.3) 1 The Widening Police Family, Community Policing, and Police Culture
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Police Community Support Officers
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Megan O'Neill

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198803676.003.0001

Chapter 1 examines exiting research on policing pluralization, community policing, and police culture. Early studies of police occupational culture found that community policing and other types of ‘soft’ policing methods (such as partnership work) were not highly valued within the organization. However, this method was to revolutionize policing in the twenty-first century. In addition, ever more aspects of ‘police’ work are now undertaken by other actors in both the public and the private sectors. Consequently, what was once an insular and guarded organization is now more open to collaboration with outsiders, and it seems to appreciate better the ‘soft’ side of policing. However, as Police Community Support Officers are employees of police forces with a police-like mandate, these staff have been seen to present a greater danger to job security and the ‘purity’ of the police officer’s role.

Keywords:   Police Community Support Officer, police culture, storytelling, community policing, neighbourhood policing, soft policing, pluralized policing, police partnerships, police staff

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