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By R. Alan Thompson

Thompson experiences the profession stories of over a hundred black police executives, lots of whom command a number of the nation's biggest and so much revolutionary legislations enforcement enterprises. contemplating their relationships with white colleagues in addition to black and white voters, he asks them what it was once wish to boost during the ranks of a traditionally white-dominated occupation. 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 offer readers in addition to aspiring black police executives with precise perception into the occasions that experience formed the philosophies of those more and more influential social coverage leaders.

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Even then, many officers who were utilized in such a manner frequently complained that their service in this capacity was overlooked when it came time for promotions despite noteworthy results in the face of considerable risk to their personal safety. Consequently, many black officers who were even temporarily reassigned from patrol to investigation units felt as though their assignment to work undercover on the basis of their race was exploitative. On the other hand, being excluded from undercover work in a white neighborhood based on the argument that one would readily “stand out” may have been accepted by many blacks as a practical reality.

So I think he can be more effective than a white policeman because he is a Negro and knows his people better (p. 141). Some of the men interviewed by Leinen (1984) expressed this same pragmatic view: Putting black cops in minority precincts may be discriminatory to the cop, but it may also be viewed as a practical administrative strategy. Why? Because there is less community resistance and static putting a black officer in a black area than putting a white officer there or putting a black officer in a white area (p.

Blind acceptance of such impersonal routinization, Cooper (1980) argued, would only increase the existing level of friction between ghetto residents and black officers, thereby making conditions even more difficult for both to endure. The Black Officer as a “Ghettoized Cop” Cooper’s (1980) final classification was one in which black officers served as a symbol to other blacks that middle class membership was, in fact, attainable. Although not likely to live in the ghetto or view 46 Career Experiences of African American Police Executives himself as a black person, the ghettoized cop is one who was treated poorly by both the department and the black community - neither accepted him as one of their own.

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