Black Police Associations: Why Join? What Do They Do?

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

Black Police Associations: Why Join? What Do They Do?

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Having analysed the development of the first Black Police Association (BPA) in the UK, which laid down the foundation for embryonic associations in other constabularies, the new, post-1994 associations are discussed in this chapter. Experiences of groups establishing themselves as a BPA are also described. In addition, officers' and support staffs' motivations when joining a BPA, and BPA officials' views about why some ethic-minority colleagues did not join their association are examined. Next, the membership criteria laid down by associations are briefly considered. Furthermore, BPA objectives and activities are explored. There are fundamental problems associated with the formation of BPAs in the UK. Support and social activities are specifically illustrated, followed by a look at BPAs' work that could be considered proactive, policy-orientated, or challenging.

Keywords: BPAs; UK; officers; support staff; social activities

Chapter.  7731 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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