John L. Garner , Nova Southeastern University Follow. This paper examines the perceived and practical schism between deaf society and the police when the deaf attempt to obtain police services. The paper challenges current police culture and operating procedures, which tend to marginalize deaf society and largely ignore the mandates contained in the Americans with Disabilities Act ADA. This qualitative research project is focused upon perceived law enforcement practices and culture through a multi-layered study of police customs, law, policy, and standard operating procedures as experienced, perceived, and reported by deaf individuals. A constructivist grounded theory approach was used to examine the way law enforcement is perceived by the Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard-of-Hearing community.
The Influence of Police Culture
Police Culture - The Nursing Professionals
Traditionally, police culture has been explained by describing shared values, attitudes and organisational and occupational characteristics; most of which suggest that a cohesive and mutually supportive single culture is prevalent within the police force. However, research has pointed to the notion that there are several subcultures that not only show themselves within the traditional police force, Vandiver and Westley, but also extend and transition within and between policing providers in the context of our pluralistic modern day society. Challenges to traditional police culture will be presented with the purposes of questioning whether police culture is a myth and whether the functionality and conceptualisations of its existence are relevant today. The final part of the essay will attempt to draw together a conclusion from the evidence provided as to whether traditional police culture still exists in any shape or form within the context of the modern day, pluralistic policing of society. It could be argued that the majority of organisations have within them a culture that influences the behaviour of members.
Police Culture Literature Review
Some officers can and do hold a certain level of professionalism when taking to the streets and any values which may corrupt such professionalism remains behind closed doors in the company of their colleagues only. However what must be taken from both definitions is that there is reason to suggest that there is a network of a shared set of norms and values within police forces which could potentially have an effect on how they operate in a working environment. Newburn Yet Waddington has a problem with such assumptions, as he claims that this is not the case all of the time. Yes, of course in some instances exposure to different attitudes and values can be beneficial to an officer in terms of becoming more aware of the possibility of potential new threats, but there are also some officers who would then, due to any extreme views which they may have been subjected to, may target an individual or a group of people because of the stereotypes attached to such persons and not because of genuine suspicion.
At the root of all that is good and bad in law enforcement, there is a strong subculture that permeates most agencies. Members of the law enforcement subculture share values that enable officers to survive what at times is a difficult and emotionally taxing job. Values such as supportiveness, teamwork, perseverance, empathy, and caring enable officers to cope with post-traumatic stress; they are part of team of colleagues who care for their coworkers.