Cop Culture: Why Good Cops Go Bad by L. Scott Silverii PhD

By L. Scott Silverii PhD

Sworn to guard and serve, police officials who stray into deviant habit may perhaps turn into a citizen’s worst nightmare. A considerate exam of the formal and casual means of turning into blue, Cop tradition: Why strong law enforcement officials pass Bad is a distinct mix of educational learn in keeping with leader Scott Silverii’s doctoral dissertation and greater than twenty years in legislation enforcement. The booklet seeks to respond to the final word query: why do sturdy law enforcement officials develop into undesirable police officers?

Demonstrating the hugely seductive and overwhelmingly influential tradition of policing, the e-book offers interviews and observations via officials from around the nation that discover how members could devolve into an aberrant subcultural fraternity. leader Silverii explains the harmful results upon the officials’ own lives as they segregate from social and ethical anchors and fix themselves to a life-style which could ultimately bump as much as criminal activity. opposed to the backdrop of the rules for organizational conception, acculturation, occupational socialization, and team tradition, functional examples from real-life officials clarify summary beliefs resembling the "thin blue line" and the "code of silence."

This booklet is the 1st of its type to mix an anthropological ethnography interpreting policing’s cultural expectations with real-life reports. through exploring the lifestyle of policing in vibrant element, it exposes the reasons in the back of the separation from organizational beliefs and a fake prestige of unsafe hegemonic entitlement. leader Silverii’s covert player observations, semi-structured interviews, meta-analysis of correct literature, and private reviews supply readers with a scintillating landscape of this pervasive, harmful technique. leader Silverii additionally bargains sensible, confirmed recommendations for making a tradition of switch in response to dependable, effective public carrier.

leader Silverii was once interviewed in January 2014 through television station WAFB in Thibodaux, Louisiana.

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This official endorsement supporting SOG response capabilities over those of traditional police officers reversed a practice used for centuries and relegated SWAT to an elite assignment and segregated community of employees. SWAT has gained media and movie notoriety, starting with the short-lived television series of 1975–1976, SWAT. This celebrity, associated with membership in a SOG, added to the further separation from traditional officers and an autonomous and secretive existence. The mysteriousness of heavily clad and armored officers with their identities concealed by balaclava hoods pursuing society’s most violent criminals led to popular movie representations such as the 2003 remake of SWAT, the popular television series Dallas SWAT and Detroit SWAT, and an extremely successful video game series, SWAT, as narrated by Chief Gates.

The dynamics of groupthink9 also influence the behaviors, attitudes, and actions of multiple individuals engaged in similar activities. 8 Cop Culture: Why Good Cops Go Bad The profession of policing is hinged upon homogeneity, so it is vital that officers look, act, and respond the same way. The groupthink dynamic is nearly synonymous with the standardized practices of a singularly focused law enforcement organization. It also serves as a form of cultural assurance against officers causing friction by reporting illegitimate behaviors committed in violation of those standardized policies.

The dynamics of groupthink9 also influence the behaviors, attitudes, and actions of multiple individuals engaged in similar activities. 8 Cop Culture: Why Good Cops Go Bad The profession of policing is hinged upon homogeneity, so it is vital that officers look, act, and respond the same way. The groupthink dynamic is nearly synonymous with the standardized practices of a singularly focused law enforcement organization. It also serves as a form of cultural assurance against officers causing friction by reporting illegitimate behaviors committed in violation of those standardized policies.

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