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‘It’s a profession, it isn’t a job’: Police officers’ views on the professionalisation of policing in England

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posted on 19.06.2017, 12:30 authored by Karen Lumsden
This article focuses on police officers’ views of the professionalisation of policing in England against a backdrop of government reforms to policing via establishment of the College of Policing, evidence-based policing and a period of austerity. Police officers view professionalisation as linked to: top-down government reforms; education and recruitment; the building of an evidence-base; and the ethics of policing (Peelian principles). These elements are further entangled with new public management principles, highlighting the ways in which professionalism can be used as a technology of control to discipline workers. There are tensions between the government’s top-down drive for police organisations to professionalise and officers’ bottom-up views of policing as an established profession. Data is presented from qualitative interviews with 15 police officers and staff in England.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

Sociological Research Online: an electronic journal

Citation

LUMSDEN, K., 2017. ‘It’s a profession, it isn’t a job’: Police officers’ views on the professionalisation of policing in England. Sociological Research Online: 22 (3), pp. 4-20.

Publisher

© the Author. Published by SAGE Publications (UK and US)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

15/06/2017

Publication date

2017

Notes

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Sociological Research Online and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1177/1360780417724062.

ISSN

1360-7804

Language

en

Location

United Kingdom