A closed shop?: an exploration into the underrepresentation of black and minority ethnic police officers within specialist units in Hampshire Constabulary

Cox, Claudia (2014) A closed shop?: an exploration into the underrepresentation of black and minority ethnic police officers within specialist units in Hampshire Constabulary. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The subject of policing and diversity has long been a matter for debate. Data surrounding diversity within police officer recruitment is readily available, leaving the police service open to scrutiny and challenge should targets fail to be met. However, little attention has been given to the opportunities for lateral career development for ethnic minority police officers within specialist roles. Specialist Units are not currently held accountable for representation of minority groups, despite many regularly engaging with the public. Through conducting detailed interviews with BME police officers from Hampshire Constabulary, as well as engaging in 11 months of participant observations, this research has identified five key areas limiting the number of BME officers occupying specialist roles; feared elitism, previous experiences of racial discrimination, inadequate support networks, improper or lack of use of positive action strategies, and existing underrepresentation. Further dissection of each area reveals they are often interlinked, creating a preventative web as opposed to individual barriers to BME officers wishing to gain specialist experience. As a result, a number of recommendations have been developed to encourage both specialist units and the wider police service to create a more robust support structure for ethnic minority officers, increase interactions between officers in specialist roles and frontline staff, and develop effective strategies to increase the number of successful BME applications meeting required standards of entry.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2015 14:54
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:48
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/16510

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