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

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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. https://doi.org/10.1093/police/paw055
AuthorsHallenberg, K. and Cockcroft, T.
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.

KeywordsPolice education; higher education; organisational responses
Year2017
JournalPolicing: A Journal of Policy and Practice
PublisherOxford Journals
ISSN1752-4512
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1093/police/paw055
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Print31 Jan 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited21 Dec 2016
Accepted15 Dec 2016
Accepted author manuscript
Output statusPublished
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