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By R. Alan Thompson

Thompson reports the occupation reports of over a hundred black police executives, lots of whom command a number of the nation's greatest and such a lot revolutionary legislation enforcement enterprises. contemplating their relationships with white colleagues in addition to black and white voters, he asks them what it used to be prefer to enhance during the ranks of a traditionally white-dominated occupation. Thompson examines universal assumptions concerning the careers of those pros, all of whom faced, but overcame, huge competition and discrimination. the result of this unparalleled exploration offer readers in addition to aspiring black police executives with targeted perception into the occasions that experience formed the philosophies of those more and more influential social coverage leaders.

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Only in the most progressive and liberal of jurisdictions were black officers legally allowed to effect full arrests without needing the permission or assistance of a white officer. In the event that a black officer ever 28 Career Experiences of African American Police Executives overstepped his legal bounds in dealing with white offenders - say by issuing a summons - he would face certain punishment at the hands of his white superiors generally in the form of standing guard duty for an extended period of time - a detail regarded as less desirable than having to work foot patrol (Griffin, 1975; Reaves, 1991).

However, acting upon such simple reasoning and blindly pursuing a strategy of race-based assignments without giving considered thought to the historical relationship that had previously existed between the black community and white police eventually lead to the failure of this strategy for reasons that become readily apparent in hindsight. 39 40 Career Experiences of African American Police Executives The Origins of Tension Between Police and the Black Community Historically, law enforcement has been used to control the perceived threat to majoritarian society that was posed by aggressive minority groups.

Manpower is allocated by race, not qualification. The department is using the wrong criteria. Now, if you ask me whether this is a form of discrimination, yes it is. Anytime you shift men around by color and some have to work in more dangerous precincts for prolonged periods of time because of their color, it’s discrimination. There’s just no other way to cut it (Leinen, 1984, p. 79). In many cases, however, segregated patrol assignments were openly accepted by black officers. For example, some of the men preferred working in black areas citing altruistic reasons - namely the opportunity to serve the minority community.

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