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Title: Police Officers’ Experiences as Victims of Hate Crime
Authors: Mawby, Rob C.
Zempi, Irene
First Published: 2018
Publisher: Emerald
Citation: Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, 2018
Abstract: Purpose The purpose of this paper is to fill a research and literature gap by examining the nature and impact of hate crime victimisation on police officers, and their responses to it. The research explores victimisation due to the occupational stigma of policing and the personal characteristics and identities of individual officers. Design/methodology/approach The research design is qualitative, based on 20 in-depth interviews with police officers in one English police force. Thematic analysis was applied to the data. Findings All participants had experienced hate crime arising from their occupational or personal identities. Initially shocked, officers became desensitized and responded in different ways. These include tolerating and accepting hate crime but also challenging it through communication and the force of law. Research limitations/implications This research is based on a small sample. It does not claim to be representative but it is exploratory, aiming to stimulate debate and further research on a contemporary policing issue. Practical implications If further research works were to confirm these findings, there are implications for police training, officer welfare and support, supervision and leadership. Originality/value The police occupy a problematic position within hate crime literature and UK legislation. This paper opens up debate on an under-researched area and presents the first published study of the hate crime experiences of police officers.
DOI Link: 10.1108/PIJPSM-12-2016-0176
ISSN: 1363-951X
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2017, Emerald. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Criminology

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