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Title: Police Officers’ Experiences as Victims of Hate Crime
Authors: Mawby, Rob C.
Zempi, Irene
First Published: 2017
Publisher: Emerald
Citation: Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, 2017, In Press
Abstract: • Purpose: This paper fills 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: 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 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.
ISSN: 1363-951X
Links: TBA
Embargo on file until: 1-Jan-10000
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2017, Emerald. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
Description: The file associated with this record is under embargo until publication, in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. The full text may be available through the publisher links provided above.
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