The re-professionalization of the police in England and Wales

Holdaway, S. ORCID: 0000-0002-8547-8470, 2017. The re-professionalization of the police in England and Wales. Criminology & Criminal Justice, 17 (5), pp. 588-604. ISSN 1748-8958

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In this article contemporary police claims to professional status are analysed and related to a new structure of police regulation in England and Wales. It is argued that the notion of the police as a profession is not new and, unlike police and academic commentary, analysis of this subject, should draw on sociological understandings of professions. The wider policy context within which claims to professionalisation are made is also considered. It is argued that a new, loosely-coupled system of regulation has been developed in England and Wales. Policing’s professional body, the College of Policing, is central to this regulatory framework that has placed government at a distance from constabularies and police representative associations. Finally, some of the consequences of the hybrid system are considered and benefits of the framework of analysis proposed are discussed.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: The re-professionalisation of the police in England and Wales
Publication Title: Criminology & Criminal Justice
Creators: Holdaway, S.
Publisher: SAGE Publishing
Date: 1 November 2017
Volume: 17
Number: 5
ISSN: 1748-8958
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 07 Mar 2017 15:55
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2020 10:59

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