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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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Police Community Support Officer Culture in a Pluralized Field

Police Community Support Officer Culture in a Pluralized Field

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Police Community Support Officers

Megan O'Neill

Oxford University Press

This penultimate chapter of the book brings together the research described so far and analyses its significance for an understanding of the occupational culture of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) within the pluralized field of public policing. The two phenomena of institutional undermining and complementary/competitive teams discussed previously in the book are combined through a theoretical framework developed by Chan (1997) to analyse police officer and PCSO culture. This highlights the processes of developing and enacting an occupational culture through storytelling, and it highlights its artefacts (two distinct aspects of occupational culture which are often conflated). Both PCSOs and police officers experience these processes and generate cultural artefacts. The chapter explores how these processes and artefacts for the two groups, while at times appearing similar, have significant differences, which reveals a unique PCSO occupational culture.

Keywords:   Police Community Support Officer, police culture, Police Community Support Officer culture, institutional undermining, performances, pluralized policing, Chan, field and habitus, storytelling

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