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

By R. Alan Thompson

Thompson experiences the occupation stories of over a hundred black police executives, lots of whom command a few of the nation's biggest and so much innovative legislation enforcement businesses. contemplating their relationships with white colleagues in addition to black and white voters, he asks them what it used to be prefer to boost throughout the ranks of a traditionally white-dominated career. Thompson examines universal assumptions in regards to the careers of those execs, all of whom faced, but overcame, substantial competition and discrimination. the result of this unparalleled exploration supply readers in addition to aspiring black police executives with distinctive perception into the occasions that experience formed the philosophies of those more and more influential social coverage leaders.

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Why is that? They have people in the right places . . Friends do favors for friends, and white cops have friends in the right places to do favors for them. That’s what it boils down to (Leinen, 1984, p. 64-65). If you are the boss you can keep anyone out. The Irish are the bosses. It’s an Irish job and they want to keep it. They can’t stop you on the promotion jobs, because you take a test and the marks are posted, so everyone knows. But they can stop you from getting into the detectives, Youth Division, and Plainclothes (Alex, 1969, p.

There are times when I wish they didn’t know I was a policeman. Perhaps, certain people think that because you are a policeman you are a big man. But I don’t want to be a big man, I want to be something else. So if I am at a party and people don’t know who I am and they ask me I tell them I am a cab driver or something like that (Alex, 1969, p. 139). At worst, the social rejection caused by incongruence between their occupational status and minority group membership resulted in what can only be described as a form of “self-imposed isolation” (Alex, 1969, p.

Unfortunately, white police officers were frequently used to keep blacks from exercising their Constitutional right to vote, thereby preventing them from influencing the delicate balance of political power in their direction (Hawkins & Thomas, 1991; Reaves, 1991). White officers were also routinely deployed in large numbers throughout black communities in an effort to control their daily behavior, whether or not it conflicted with the law. In doing so, they strictly enforced curfews as well as routinely stopped, interrogated, searched and beat minority citizens without justification (Cooper, 1980; Palmer, 1973).

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