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

By R. Alan Thompson

Thompson reviews the profession reports of over a hundred black police executives, a lot of whom command a number of the nation's greatest and such a lot innovative legislations enforcement enterprises. contemplating their relationships with white colleagues in addition to black and white voters, he asks them what it was once prefer to enhance 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, huge competition and discrimination. the result of this remarkable exploration supply readers in addition to aspiring black police executives with distinct perception into the occasions that experience formed the philosophies of those more and more influential social coverage leaders.

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Early Treatment of Black Officers by Police Departments 19 There are more blacks in this precinct than any other precinct in the city. Blacks are over-represented in black precincts and underrepresented in white precincts. Personally, I feel this is not right particularly when it’s forced on you and you don’t have a say in the matter (Leinen, 1984, p. 79). Blacks are over-represented in black areas. Manpower is allocated by race, not qualification. The department is using the wrong criteria. Now, if you ask me whether this is a form of discrimination, yes it is.

The black policeman is generally more effective because he can find out more about what is going on in his precinct. This is because he mixes with the people. He stops and talks with them as a friend, not as a cop . . The black citizen just feels more comfortable in the company of black cops. He feels more at ease with them and he is more willing to open up to them (p. 215). In terms of color, the black officer is much more effective. In most instances, he functions better. Black officers understand the problems in black communities better than most white officers.

What way I would go - I don’t really know (Alex, 1969, p. 137). An alternative strategy for alleviating this role tension involved the use of deception. This approach allowed officers to avoid social interactions that had the potential to become particularly uncomfortable when others discovered the true nature of their employment. The use of Black Officers and the Black Community 49 calculated deception to achieve this objective was perhaps best illustrated by an officer who explained: Sometimes they get into big discussions with civil rights and they want my opinion as a Negro and as a policeman.

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