Police officers are people the society should normally look up to as
epitomes of discipline and protectors of law and order, however police
behavior in recent years has been anything but exemplary thus rising rise
to extreme resentment and distrust in the public. The public no longer
trusts or respects police officers levying all sorts of charges against
them. Police behavior is indeed despicable in some cases especially where
minorities or women are concerned.
When we delve deeper into the anthropological and psychological causes of
this kind of behavior, we notice that police is influenced by a flawed
subculture that profound affects the attitude and behavior of most police
officers. On the one hand, this subculture teaches them certain values and
beliefs and on the other, it turns the entire police community into a
cohesive group that is essentially alienated from the general public.
According to Adler, Mueller, and Laufer (1994) police subculture is a "set
of norms and values that govern police behavior, brought about by stressful
working conditions plus daily interaction with an often hostile public."
Police subculture is responsible for giving officers a unique working
attitude and mindset. Their character and personality is profoundly altered
by the views and values that they learn from existing in this subculture.
The one most important thing we notice about this subculture is the idea of
insiders and outsiders that lies at the core of all its values. Police
officers are constantly reminded of their role as protectors of peace and
order which turns them against the general public as they view everyone
outside the police department as a potential criminal or suspect. Police
culture is also essentially characterized by violence as research indicates
that, "Many officers are exposed to a subculture of violence in which they
encounter death almost daily. The average citizen generally does not