Taking an evidence-based approach to understanding police culture, this thorough and accessible book critically reviews existing research and offers new insights on theories and definitions. Tom Cockcroft, an authority on the subject, addresses a range of contemporary issues including diversity, police reform and police professionalisation.
This invaluable review:
- Identifies and discusses differing conceptions of police culture;
- Explores the contribution of different disciplinary and methodological approaches to our understanding of police culture;
- Assesses how culture relates to many different operational aspects of policing;
- Contextualises our understanding of police culture in relation to both contemporary police agendas and wider social change.
For students, researchers and police officers alike, this is an accessible and timely appraisal of police culture.
"This book is recommended reading for practitioners and researchers seeking to understand and influence current debates on the role of culture in improving police practice." The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles
“At a time when police agencies are undergoing tremendous change in England and Wales, this readable, clear and important volume on a vital aspect of policing is most welcome.” Colin Rogers, University of South Wales
"A leading authority on the culture of police work, Tom Cockcroft introduces the reader to important debates and challenges in this accessible book. It should be recommended reading for all policing students." Andrew Millie, Edge Hill University
"It is a very useful up to date introduction to police occupational culture. Students and academics alike will find it to be a very valuable resource. My Policing course is wide ranging and covers various aspects of the police and of policing more generally and it is rare indeed to find one textbook that adequately covers all aspects of the course." Trevor Bradley, Victoria University of Wellington
Tom Cockcroft is Reader in Criminology at Leeds Beckett University.
What is Police Culture?
The Disiplinary Context of Police Culture
Police Culture and Operational Policing
Police Culture and Leadership
Police Culture and The Police Role
New Contexts for Police Culture