Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

2014 Edition
| Editors: Gerben Bruinsma, David Weisburd

Minorities Within the Police Workforce

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_197


It is important for police forces to serve all communities. Questions about the just use of police powers have fostered criminological research, not least in relation to their racially discriminatory use. Notions like racial profiling, for example, have signalled police unfairness and injustice. It has become clear that some communities are policed in ways that are unfair and unjust. Research, however, has also turned attention to justice and fairness within police forces. Questions about black and other minority ethnic officers’ experiences of racial prejudice and discrimination as an aspect of relationships with colleagues; of whether and, if so, why women are underrepresented in the police ranks; about unequal promotion opportunities for majority and minority ethnic and other minority officers within the workforce; and many other related questions have been explored by social scientists.

Social inequalities within the police workforce might follow those found in wider...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Law, Centre for Criminological ResearchThe University of SheffieldSheffieldUK