The importance of context and cognitive agency in developing police knowledge: going beyond the police science discourse

Wood, D., Cockcroft, T., Tong, S. and Bryant, R. (2017) The importance of context and cognitive agency in developing police knowledge: going beyond the police science discourse. The Police Journal. ISSN 0032-258X.

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Abstract

This paper argues the current exposition of police knowledge through the discourses of police science and evidenced based policing (EBP) leads to exaggerated claims about what is, and can be, known in policing. This new orthodoxy underestimates the challenges of applying knowledge within culturally-mediated police practice. The paper draws upon virtue epistemology highlighting the role cognitive agency plays in establishing knowledge claims. We challenge the assumption that it is possible to derive what works in all instances of certain aspects of policing and suggest it would be more apt to speak about what worked within a specific police context.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV7551-8280.7 Police. Detectives. Constabulary
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing
Depositing User: Dominic Wood
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2017 16:37
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2017 11:02
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/15612

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