Similarities and Differences in the Criminal Subculture and the the Police Subculture

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The Similarities and Differences in the Criminal Subculture and the Police Subculture

Criminology

August 14, 2012

The Similarities and Differences in the Criminal Subculture and the Police Subculture A police officers job is to protect and serve. An officer is to offer assistance to those in need and to enforce the laws established by the law makers. A police officer’s job is not the monotonous 8-5 job that most have…..it is ever changing, 24-7. It is not a normal environment. Think about it, a police officer runs into a gun fight…….normal folks run away from it! A criminal is the exact opposite of a police officer. They often do not have jobs and those that do are normally using their job to commit their crimes! They
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Because police officers are identified by their jobs, members of the public frequently treat them as police, even when off-duty. This increases the need for bonding and socializing between officers, officers' families, and families of other officers. Officers are often unable to step back from jobs and separate their professional and personal lives (Hickman et al, 2004).
Because this separation is so difficult, officers often manifest a perceived sense of victimization. This is where someone feels like a victim, whether real or imagined, is also the first step on the Continuum of Compromise. As a sense of perceived victimization intensifies, officers become more distrusting and resentful of anyone who controls their job role (Lyman, 1999).
Sometimes the perceived sense of victimization leads to the second step on the slippery slope which is Acts of Omission. This occurs when officers rationalize and justify not doing things they are responsible for doing. Acts of Omission can include selective non-productivity, such as ignoring traffic violations or certain criminal violations. It can also include “Not seeing” or avoiding on-sight activity, superficial investigations, omitting paperwork, lack of follow up, doing enough to just “get by” and other activities which officers can easily omit (Lyman, 1999).
Once officers routinely omit job responsibilities, the journey to the next step is not a difficult one to make, Acts of Commission. At this stage,
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