Falling reputations mean that women and minorities no longer want to work for the police in the US or UK

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Following the high profile murders by police of George Floyd in the US and Sarah Everard in the UK, public trust in the police is in crisis. In new research, Karen Johnston, Federica Alberti, and Foteini Kravariti look at the effects of widespread and well-known institutional racism and sexism in police forces on recruitment. Using experimental research, they find that neither the UK nor US police forces are an attractive employment prospect, with reputational prestige scoring the lowest.

The murders of George Floyd in the US and Sarah Everard in the UK at the hands of serving police officers, and various scandals such as the 48 rape convictions of former police officer David Carrick has brought into sharp focus that policing is facing a crisis. In the UK, just recently His Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS), Andy Cooke said that “Public trust in the police is hanging by a thread.”
Original languageEnglish
TypeBlog article
PublisherLondon School of Economics
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2023

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NameLSE British Politics and Policy Blog

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