Police Culture In Australia

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 …show more content…
Police culture heavily impacts the day to day operations of the force as values such as suspicion can create racial prejudice circumstances. The ‘Police Officers Dilemma’ study found that in certain circumstances stereotypes of individuals based on characteristics ascribed to large social categories can alter an officer’s response (police officer). This schema allows for effortless classification and help clarify otherwise confusing situations (police officer). Therefore, this ability to stereotype has the ability to resolve conflicts that could otherwise be life threatening quick and efficiently before danger insures. However, a result of this stereotyping has been that police officers have been found more accurate in distinguishing guns with an African American face against a White face (police officer). This means that justice may not always be fair and impartial as officers with coercive powers have stereotypes and suspicions of certain community members. Members of the community face the possibility of over policing due to sexual, racial and/or class dimensions which severely influence justice being achieved. The implications of this bias are disturbing and scientific reports confirm that implicit racism may act as a factor to justice. Implicit racism is an unconscious mental association between a specific group or individual that is associated to

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