By Janet B. L. Chan
Police tradition is usually regarded as either a reason for police deviance and a disadvantage for police reform. during this examine of police racism and police reform in Australia, Janet Chan offers a serious evaluation of police initiative in keeping with the matter of policeSHminorities kinfolk. The publication examines the dynamics of switch and resistance inside a firm and captures the complexity and unpredictability of the switch technique. It questions the software of the normal perception of police tradition and proposes a brand new framework for figuring out the interrelationships one of the structural stipulations of police paintings, police cultural wisdom, and police perform. A hugely unique and priceless contribution to policing stories and reports of organizational reform, the ebook is either empirically wealthy and theoretically proficient.
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Nevertheless, there is little to be gained by merely producing a catalogue of problems. Complaints of police racism, though disturbing in themselves, raise more fundamental questions about policing in a multicultural society. First, are complaints of police racism justified? If so, why does it exist and why is it tolerated in police forces? Is police racism simply part of the wider racist culture in Australian society, or is it peculiar to policing? Finally, if police racism is a problem, what can be done about it?
In direct opposition to this view, however, is a belief that police are acting as agents of an essentially racist or oppressive system that criminalises behaviours among the powerless, including visible minorities. Hence racism is not simply an occasional feature, but an institutionalised component, of police function. Moreover, there is no simple solution to the problem: it requires the empowerment of minorities in their struggle for self-determination against the existing structures of domination and criminalisation.
Regular stereotyping by sections of the New South Wales population of Aborigines as a 'problem' has been documented by Cunneen and Robb (1987). Aboriginal people have been blamed for various forms of social disorder. It is therefore not surprising that police officers form similar associations between Aborigines and criminality. Some of this was evident from the the racist language and remarks used against Aborigines in Cop It Sweet. Since police work is largely dictated by officers' perception of what constitutes suspicious activities and who is considered respectable, stereotyping and prejudice on the part of police officers can easily lead to harassment and community resentment.
Changing Police Culture: Policing in a Multicultural Society by Janet B. L. Chan