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Published on 21 Apr 2013
School
Carleton University
Department
Sociology
Course
SOCI 3410
Professor
Class 3 Sociology January 29, 2013
Training: mediation
Secrecy In the Police: what role does secrecy play in an organization?? “ Thin Blue Line”- police
vs public
Shapes relationships within the police force, and “it is an unwritten law in the police force that
they would never testify against their brotherhood/partner.
They have a duty not only to enforce the law and order maintance and crime prevention
By stander affect, very compartenized by rank and order
Successful police officers need the support of their fellow police officers if they were to break
the secrecy than they would be isolated from the rest of the organization
They are cut off/ are no longer given access to information (within the organization)
Woman use to complain that they were not given assignments that were considered policing,
subject to discrimination and harassment
Police are sensitive to negative definitions from the public such as being called “stupid” and
therefore they become the enemy, and secrecy becomes a defensive mechanism. being part
of the brotherhood leads to isolation from the public and therefore priority towards to force
rather than the public
Distinguish themselves from non-policeman, non-distrust within the police force (level of trust
not there on the individual level)
The new recruit (beginners) are not readily accepted into the force until they are tested with
secrecy . Once your in the police force you will not be accepted until they feel that you can put
the force first.
Most desirable characteristic: “ keep your mouth shut”
Secrecy within the police force becomes more important than respect for the law
EXAM QUESTION : DOCUMENTARY : BBC: The secret policeman
Training
Instutionalized Racism
Racism against blacks indians (paki/Asians )
A lot of mention of racism and how its natural, they do it even tho its wrong, they would pull
over people and search them just because of their color
One officer said if he could get away with it he would kill a “paki”, he also admitted to getting
into a bar fight with an innocent Asian
Out In The Force
Not a lot of racism within the police in the Groves
The training failed to curve racism
One cop stopped a white woman and an Asian man for the same reason and let the white
woman go but gave the Asian harsh punishments (penalty, fine and walked half mile home)
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Shapes relationships within the police force, and it is an unwritten law in the police force that they would never testify against their brotherhood/partner. They have a duty not only to enforce the law and order maintance and crime prevention. By stander affect, very compartenized by rank and order. Successful police officers need the support of their fellow police officers if they were to break the secrecy than they would be isolated from the rest of the organization. They are cut off/ are no longer given access to information (within the organization) Woman use to complain that they were not given assignments that were considered policing, subject to discrimination and harassment. Police are sensitive to negative definitions from the public such as being called stupid and therefore they become the enemy, and secrecy becomes a defensive mechanism. Being part of the brotherhood leads to isolation from the public and therefore priority towards to force rather than the public.

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