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Gendering 'Soft' policing: multi-agency working, female cops, and the fluidities of police culture/s

McCarthy, Daniel (2012) Gendering 'Soft' policing: multi-agency working, female cops, and the fluidities of police culture/s Policing and Society, 23 (2). pp. 261-278.

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This article examines the role of female police officers within the context of developing ‘soft’ policing initiatives designed to divert young people away from crime. Within the police culture literature, a masculine model of policing associated with coercive crime fighting tasks is often contrasted with a more cooperative, problem-solving and compassionate mode of police work. The latter model is viewed as serving to create a more legitimate structure for female police officers to work within, involving increasing trust and cooperation in communities and engaging with community crime prevention strategies. The aim of this article is to assess the role of female police officers within recent changes under the auspices of community policing reform in England and Wales, highlighting the role of female officers in enacting ‘soft’ policing initiatives in collaboration with social work and other community agencies. This raises some limitations of the conventional police culture literature by illustrating the ways these operations have carved a niche for female officers, in addition to altering the style of policing across certain sections of the organisation more generally.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
Date : 9 July 2012
DOI : 10.1080/10439463.2012.703199
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2013 Taylor & Francis
Uncontrolled Keywords : Soft policing; Occupational culture; Gender; Multi-agency working
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Additional Information : This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in POLICING & SOCIETY (2013) copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at:
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 15 Oct 2014 13:30
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 16:53

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