Black Police Associations

Simon Holdaway, University of Sheffield

Black Police Associations are new to England and Wales. Their growth within constabularies has been fast and substantial however. This paper will explore the prelimary findings of a two year funded research project about the role of Black Police Associations within England and Wales. The historical circumstances that led to the establishment of the associations will be analysed and the ways in which they may change the context of race relations within constabularies discussed. Crucially, black police associations articulate racialised relations in particular ways. 'Race' is constructed within the police workforce through, as Barth put it, the affirmation of social boundaries between ethnic groups. This conceptual framework, which is central to the research project, will be explored.

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