Police Associations: From Ethnic Group to Ethnic Association

Simon Holdaway

in Black Police Associations

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780199573448
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191702105 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology

Police Associations: From Ethnic Group to Ethnic Association

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This chapter continues to chart the history of the first Black Police Association (BPA), especially how its first executive articulated the experience of ethnic-minority officers and police support staff within the Metropolitan Police. BPAs developed within two, changing frameworks of race relations in the police. The process of change from ethnic categorization to an ethnic network, to an ethnic association thus combined the purposes of ethnic-minority staff and of chief officers responding to government. Macpherson persuaded the government to back the development of BPAs and to use a notion central to his understanding of institutional racism, unwittingly instigating a framework for ethnic politics within the police.

Keywords: BPAs; ethnic group; ethnic association; ethnic minority; police officers; ethic network; ethnic politics

Chapter.  6666 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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