Golden Ages, Red Herrings and Post-Keynesian Policing

Cockcroft, Tom orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-7249-7285, Bryant, Robin and Kerval, Harshad (2015) Golden Ages, Red Herrings and Post-Keynesian Policing. Nordisk Politiforskning, 2 (2). pp. 183-196.

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This paper seeks to further our understanding of the role played by police
culture in debates surrounding police professionalization. It begins with a brief
overview of the ‘Golden Age’ of policing which has become the benchmark for
public satisfaction against which subsequent eras of British policing are now
judged. This is followed by an introduction to the concepts of police
professionalism and police culture and an overview of some existing literature
that highlights the cultural challenges of police ‘professionalization’. The paper
then seeks to position police professionalization agendas as a direct result of
social change and the emergence of post-Keynesian policing. This leads into an
exploration on how professionalization agendas (in their broadest sense) can be
viewed as an attempt to impose, rather than remove, control from practitioners.
Finally, the paper develops two related themes. First, that the discretion which
is synonymous with the police role makes the imposition of greater
occupational control problematic and, second, that being seen to control
occupational culture is increasingly viewed as a measure of effective police

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