Reflexive coppers: adaptive challenges in policing

Document type
Report
Author(s)
Rowson, Jonathan; Lindley, Emma
Publisher
RSA
Date of publication
1 April 2012
Subject(s)
Criminal Justice Services
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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This report concludes that years of ‘target culture’, combined with strict adherence to protocol, rank structure, and risk aversion encourages ‘group think’ and has a detrimental effect on the relationship between the police and the public. Adding that in order to improve community relations it would be helpful if police had a good understanding of the ways in which their minds work, and how they impact on what they do.

It recommends that there should be more institutional support for changing police culture – including integrating a package into police training regarding self-development, improving professional performance, and taking more control over one’s thinking and behaviour.

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