Research into graduate-skills in policing is of growing importance. The College of Policing recently reached the view that a Level 6 qualification (degree or equivalent) is an appropriate reflection of demand on constables, stressing the value of graduate-level skills in the workplace in the process. The experience of graduate-skilled police officers in the workplace is an important, but under-researched aspect of police professionalisation. The College of Policing aspires to attract recruits with graduate-skills into policing, “…the most successful graduates who can bring diversity of thought and perspective into policing”.This research will explore the lived experience of graduate-level junior police officers in the workplace, with the aim of assessing the impact of police culture on their professional identities.Draft research, aim, objectives and questions:
Research Aim / Purpose:
The research is camped in a constructionist epistemology, employing an interpretive theoretical perspective. Interpretative phenomenological analysis will be used to express the professional identities of graduate-level junior police officers and their lived-experiences in the workplace.Bourdieu’s Field Theory will be used as a framework for the interpretation and analysis of gathered data.