Career Experiences of African American Police Executives: by R. Alan Thompson

By R. Alan Thompson

Thompson reports the profession stories of over a hundred black police executives, lots of whom command many of the nation's biggest and such a lot revolutionary legislation enforcement businesses. contemplating their relationships with white colleagues in addition to black and white electorate, he asks them what it was once prefer to increase throughout the ranks of a traditionally white-dominated career. Thompson examines universal assumptions concerning the careers of those execs, all of whom faced, but overcame, substantial competition and discrimination. the result of this unheard of exploration supply readers in addition to aspiring black police executives with detailed perception into the occasions that experience formed the philosophies of those more and more influential social coverage leaders.

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Sometimes details are not posted on the board; they are passed from mouth to mouth. White guys who become aware of these details somehow tell friends who are also white and blacks get shafted in the end (Leinen, 1984, p. 64). Blacks, I don’t feel are treated equally. I’m not sure whether it is racial discrimination or not. It may not exactly be racial discrimination as it is defined in a dictionary, but discrimination by personal contact . . An example, if there are two cops who put in for a special detail, the white cop will get it, whether he merits it or not.

This lack of consideration caused officers to experience self-pity and lament the bad fortune of being cast back into a prison from which they had already been forced to escape. Returned to walk among their racial peers, black officers soon found that they no longer fit in with the minority community. They must, therefore, “pretend to be black” (p. 127) which, in the long run, often proved unsuccessful. Like the pariah previously described, ghettoized cops eventually become marginalized - rejected by both the white department and their racial peers.

127) by the expectations of both groups, ghettoized cops eventually manifested symptoms commonly associated with extreme social alienation. Like most typologies, Cooper’s (1980) classification and characterization of black police officers as falling into one of five distinct categories probably does not exist in reality. ” Perhaps the greatest utility of Cooper’s (1980) work is, therefore, to be found in identifying the various pressures to which black officers are exposed as a result of their unique position in society.

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