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‘. . . And after the break’: Police officers’ views of TV crime drama

Cummins, ID, Foley, M and King, M 2014, '‘. . . And after the break’: Police officers’ views of TV crime drama' , Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 8 (2) , pp. 205-211.

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Abstract

The police procedural drama is a staple feature of the TV listings. Detective fiction dominates the best sellers’ lists. Despite this, the day-to-day reality of policing is obscured from the vast majority of the public who have little direct contact with the Criminal Justice System (CJS). Skolnick [Skolnick, J. (1966). Justice Without Trial: Law Enforcement in a Democratic Society. New York: Wiley] argues that the police, as an organization, are one of the most hidden parts of the CJS. Reiner [Reiner, R. (2003). Newburn, T. (ed.), Policing and the Media in Handbook of Policing. Willan: Abingdon.]notes that 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. From a police perspective, Reiner [Reiner, R. (2003). Newburn, T. (ed.), Policing and the Media in Handbook of Policing. Willan: Abingdon.] notes that TV drama creates a simplistic narrative of crime solving that is almost completely divorced fromthe reality of modern police work. This article will discuss the findings of a pilot study, which sought to explore theattitudes of retired police officers to representations of policing in popular culture with a particular focus on TV dramas.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1752-4512
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: ID Cummins
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2015 17:55
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2016 12:40
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/36102

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