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Governance of policing and cultural codes: interpreting and responding to policy directives

Westmarland, Louise (2016). Governance of policing and cultural codes: interpreting and responding to policy directives. Global Crime, 17(3-4) pp. 352–369.

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In terms of governance, British policing seems to arise from a history of local traditions influenced more recently by centralist managerial demands. A creeping process of privatisation has led social scientists to argue that patterns of governance in British policing are changing in several directions. This has included the way police officers not only are challenged, but also challenge these changing modes of governance in terms of ethical codes of behaviour. There is evidence that police officers, as meaningful actors, have made attempts to diverge from these strictures and have forged their own ways, via their cultural knowledge and practices, to ‘do policing’, rather than relying upon codes of practice or rules and regulations.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 The Author(s)
ISSN: 1744-0580
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Creating citizen consumers: Changing identifications and relationshipsRES-143-25-0008ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council), AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Counci)
Not SetNot SetAndrew W Mellon Foundation
Keywords: governance; police culture; commodification; citizen-consumer; cop culture; cop code of ethics; College of Policing
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
Item ID: 47127
Depositing User: Louise Westmarland
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2016 08:47
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2017 00:01
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