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Tangled Up in Blue Women police officers and the investigation of sexual violence
Introduction Researchers background - Dr Marian Foley: Responses to sexual violence - Dr Martin King : Media representations, men and masculinities - Mr Ian Cummins : Policing issues and social change - This research is part of a wider project that is looking at a series of issues related to cultural representations of policing and violent crime.
Law and Order The Criminal Justice System (CJS) is a part of society that is both familiar and hidden It is familiar in that a large part of daily news and television drama is devoted to it The majority of the population, have little, if any, direct contact with the CJS Reiner (2003) notes the debate about the relationship between the media, policing and crime has been a key feature of wider societal concerns about crime since the establishment of the modern police force.
Reality… Whos reality? Reiner (2003) also argues that TV drama creates an expectation that crimes can be cleared up routinely in half hour slots Taps into the debate about whether the media is a mirror or a window (Kellner,1995) Hall (1997) and Dyer (1993) on representation What kind of reality do we want from TV? From police shows? Real word impact difficult to say (OSullivan,2005) Reiner (2010) Mass media has a role in shaping attitudes to policing
Representations of policing Dixon of Dock Green Popular TV series 1955-76 Jack Warner – came to represent the archetypal British Bobby Ironically Warner was the character shot by Dirk Bogarde in the 1950 film The Blue Lamp Set in an idealised working class community in the East End of London (an area associated with key notions of white working class Britain
Reiners Cop Culture Seen as a form of hegemonic masculinity Reiner (2000) core characteristics of police culture - exaggerated sense of mission - celebrate masculine exploits - show willingness to use force and engage in informal working practices. - lead socially isolated lives and display defensive solidarity with colleagues - culture is marked by cynicism and pessimism - So Dirty Harry begat The Sweeney
From Juliet to Jane… Heidensohn and Brown (2010) in Newburn and Peay… Policy, Politics, Culture and Control Female police shows – increasing role for women in investigation of violent crime US – Police Woman (1974-78) - Charlies Angels (1976-81) - Cagney and Lacey (1981-88) UK – The Gentle Touch (1980-84) - Juliet Bravo (1980-85) - Prime Suspect (1999-2006) - Scott and Bailey (2011-present)
Bike or dyke? Programmes reflect assimilation stage (1972-1982) - women officers encroaching on mens spheres of policing (Brown, 2000) e.g. The Enforcer But… these shows often mirror professional/feminine incompatibilities, reflected in the treatment of women in policing at this time (Brown and Heidensohn, 2000) Bike or dyke? Period of challenge (1983-1984) – women in lead roles Inspector Darbley – Juliet Bravo – Sexism and hostility Prime Suspect – based on DI Jackie Malton – Jane Tennison – masculinasation? Clear agenda about women and their role in policing (Brunsdon, 1998) Prokos and Padovic (2002) There oughta be a law against bitches – masculinity lessons in police academy training Where are we now ? Sarah Lund and Scott and Bailey
The changing role of women 1970 Equal Pay Act 1975 Sex Discrimination Act 1975 Employment Protection Act – illegal to sack a woman because she is pregnant 1976 Women Police ceased to exist as a separate organisation 1976 Equal Opportunities Commission 1976 Domestic Violence Act – orders against violent partners 1977 First Rape Crisis Centre 1983 Alison Halford – ACC Merseyside highest ranking female officer 1984 Equal Pay (Equal Value Amendment)
Agenda for Change For the Service to demonstrate consistently that it values women officers; To achieve a gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation balance across the rank structure and specialisms consistent with the proportion of women in the economically active population; To have a womans voice in influential policy fora focusing on both internal and external service delivery; To develop an understanding of the competing demands in achieving a work/life balance and a successful police career; and To have a working environment and equipment of the right quality and standards to enable women officers to do their job professionally.
Research Email sent to local branch of NARPO asking for volunteers Officers who had experience of investigating serious offences and sexual violence Project – looking at how police investigations into serious violence and sexual offences are portrayed in drama and fiction 10 volunteers - 1 f 9 m – 9 recorded interviews Then followed up with six interviews with female officers 1 recorded interview – five telephone interviews Research has become more focused on the working lives of the officers involved in the project
LS110139 Female ex-police officer. Experiences like Annie in Life on Mars Id be standing there at the counter talking to an elderly couple and the sergeant… walks past and just grabs your bum, gooses you while you were talking to them and I went ooh… and hed say alright love, see youve got your knickers on today… it sounds wrong today but that was just the environment…it was his way of kind of bonding …theres so much about Life on Mars that you couldve run that as a training video, you really could… I went in the police and then I went in the CID and I thought this is me. So it was funneling down and then I worked on my first murder, and I thought this is me You girls join the job to find a husband, so I give you six or twelve months, youll find a fella, youll get pregnant, youll be off… I thought Fuck you. Im going to do my thirty years if only to stick it up you
Dead womans stilettos It was a policy of practice if you like that there was one woman in the office… there was a practical need for police women, obviously for the searching of the same sex and all that kind of thing, but it definitely wasnt dead mans shoes it was dead womans stilettos Ive seen people who have been completely eviscerated and heads chopped off, everything you can imagine and nothing bothers me… I worked on my first murder… I suppose it was the attention to detail, the minutiae, and I think realising, even though I was still relatively young at the time, the gravity of what you are being given to do… if you cant raise your game for that, then you shouldnt be in the job …people say is that why your marriage broke up, I say no I married the wrong man St Marys… that was an absolute catalyst because the involvement of women in the investigation of rape used to be weve got this woman who says shes been raped. Just get me a WPC to interview her, and that was your involvement in it
Boring as paint …almost everybody Ive met in the television industry has said to me, as a police officer, which British crime drama do you really like? I said none of it. Basically its all crap, everything that youre doing is just regurgitating things that were wrong twenty years ago and its still wrong now Somewhere in the publicity… will be the words gritty, authentic, its not. Ill tell you what, Id love to sit down and watch it with you and Id say, well that wouldnt happen and Id tell you why it wouldnt happen
Contact details Dr Martin King M.firstname.lastname@example.org
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