Police Culture In Criminal Justice

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There are specific values and attitudes that are enforced within the Australian police force that acts as a barrier to achieving justice in the criminal justice system. Police culture over time has incorporated characteristics of secrecy, suspicion and informal work practices which has allowed for abuse of power within the police force. These characteristics have created a united institution that is under constant pressure to perform in uncertain circumstances (police culture). This and the on the job specification which enforces police culture has created circumstances that has led to police corruption and lack of accountability. Police culture being enforced through manager positions allows for young recruits to be heavily by motives of these …show more content…
Police culture has the ability to act as a barrier to justice being achieved in the criminal justice system as shown through the Queensland Fitzgerald Inquiry in May 1979. Media outlets discovered criminal activities that police officers had been ignoring and perhaps condoning within Queensland leading to an inquiry (commission). Previous initiatives such as the Police Complaints Tribunal were set up as a political response to serious police misconduct before the Fitzgerald Inquiry (commission). However, the actual findings in this tribunal were limited as it was controlled by the government and had no resources from outside of the Police Force to work with (commission). In practical terms, although it was an independent tribunal it faced issues of police solidarity which acted as an obstruction to findings and the Police still had a large control over the outcome (commission). The Fitzgerald Inquiry found that the Queensland police had still grown become incompetent, inefficient and deficient in leadership which hindered the police culture (reforms in politics). Recruitment consisted of young cadets with less experienced that were heavily influenced by middle management and the concepts of solidarity and a ‘code of silent’ (commission). Police culture, in particular solidarity created strong tendencies for police to support and defend colleagues when challenged by external threats (police culture). Therefore, it is through police culture and solidarity that the Queensland police force has confronted issues of corruption and inefficient police work within the community which acts as a barrier to justice. Police culture has a strong impact within the institution and can lead events whereby certain criminal acts are specifically ignored and a biased opinion within the force is

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