From indifference to hostility: police sfficers, organisational responses and the symbolic value of ‘in-service’ higher education in policing

Hallenberg, K. and Cockcroft, T. (2017) From indifference to hostility: police sfficers, organisational responses and the symbolic value of ‘in-service’ higher education in policing. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice. ISSN 1752-4512.

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Abstract

The relationship between Higher Education (HE) and the knowledge and skill requirements of police officers remains a contentious policy area in England. This paper addresses experiences of 31 officers from a large urban force who have undertaken HE level study whilst in service. Overwhelmingly, officers reported a sense of indifference on the part of the organisation to their successful completion of an HE level educational programme. In addition, some participants experienced tokenistic acknowledgement of their achievement whilst others perceived outright hostility. In light of the findings we argue that, for the police organisation, there is a danger that the value of HE appears in its symbolic cultural capital rather than in the substantive knowledge and skills graduate officers could bring to the organisation and practice of policing. Moreover, the lack of structural and cultural integration has a detrimental effect on how officers with ‘in-service’ degrees view their work, career prospects and the organisation as a whole.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article embargoed for 24 months as per licence - needs date setting when published. CC 21.12.2016
Uncontrolled Keywords: Police education; higher education; organisational responses
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV7551-8280.7 Police. Detectives. Constabulary
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing
Depositing User: Dr Katja Hallenberg
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2016 15:45
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2017 00:29
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/15341

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