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Professionalizing the Police: The Unfulfilled Promise of Police Training

Nigel G. Fielding


The police have long struggled with the concept of professionalism. The Victorians veered from regarding police as servants to sanctifying policing as a special calling, while the supposed Golden Age of Policing was riven by divisions of class as sharp as those of the social diversity that poses one of contemporary policing’s harshest tests. Police training has reflected these ambiguities and uncertainties. The ground its curriculum covers, pedagogy it employs, and structures through which it operates have been contested, troublesome to manage, and blamed for policing’s failures. Behind these ... More

Keywords: police professionalism, police training, professional police training, police competence, police socialization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198817475
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198817475.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nigel G. Fielding, author
Professor, University of Surrey