“A CULTURA POLICIAL É MUITAS VEZES CONSIDERADA COMO UMA CAUSA DO DESVIO DA POLÍCIA E UM OBSTÁCULO PARA A REFORMA DA POLÍCIA” (CHAN, 1997). ANÁLISE DO CASO BRITÂNICO

CEDIS Working Paper Direito, Segurança e Democracia n.º 7, julho 2015

Resumo e Palavras-chave

Autora: Sílvia Mota.

 

“A análise da cultura profissional dos policiais é o calcanhar de Aquiles de toda pesquisa sobre a polícia (…). É como que se, no processo de interpretação dos seus dados, o pesquisador se encontrasse confrontado com a necessária consideração de uma ‘variável’ imprevista, ou subestimada no protocolo de pesquisa, que por conseguinte convém designar-se por ‘cultura profissional’, e à qual será referido, como princípio explicativo das condutas, o que parece escapar à lógica organizacional, quer seja apreendida em termos hierárquicos (prescrições, controle, sanção) ou em termos racionais (objectivos, meios, eficácia).”

Dominique Monjardet (2003), ‘O Que Faz A Polícia’

 

PALAVRAS-CHAVE

Cultura policial, cultura organizacional, reforma da polícia, cinismo, machismo, racismo, isolação.

 

CEDIS Working Papers Direito, Segurança e Democracia ISSN 2184-0776

Abstract and keywords

‘Police culture is often considered as both a cause of police deviance and an obstacle for police reform’(Chan,1997). British police case study analysis

 

Author: Sílvia Mota

 

ABSTRACT

Police culture or “cop culture,” as it is occasionally referred to by police officers, has resulted in an obstacle against stopping corrupt officers. Police culture encompasses a set of principles and guidelines that have evolved through the know-hows of officers and which are largely affected by the environment in which they work. From the beginning of their career at their academies, police officers are carried into this “cop culture”. While learning jobs and responsibilities, recruits will also absorb the morals needed to make it to a high rank in their organization.

Some words used to define these values are as follows: a sense of mission, action, suspicion, pessimism, machismo, distrust, dogmatism, segregation and solidarity. The unique demands that are placed on police officers, such as the threat of danger, as well as scrutiny by the public, create a tightly interlocked environment favorable to the growth of feelings of loyalty. Such morals are claimed to lead to the code; segregation and camaraderie leading to police officers sticking to their own kind, generating an us-against-them mentality. The us-against-them attitude that can result leads to officers backing each other up and remaining loyal to one another; in some circumstances it leads to not “ratting” on other officers.

 

KEYWORDS

Police culture, isolation, organizational culture, police reform, cop culture, code of silence, officers, racism, misogyny

 

CEDIS Working Papers Direito, Segurança e Democracia ISSN 2184-0776

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