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Title: ‘It’s a profession, it isn’t a job’: Police officers’ views on the professionalisation of policing in England
Authors: Lumsden, Karen
Keywords: Police
Sociology of policing
Qualitative interviews
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © the Author. Published by SAGE Publications (UK and US)
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.
Abstract: 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.
Description: 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.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/1360780417724062
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/25458
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/1360780417724062
ISSN: 1360-7804
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies)

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