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The Police Officer: Myths and Realities



It is difficult to avoid romanticizing about police work. The thrill of the chase as described above is quite compelling. Anyone who has spent any time enjoying the intimacy of police officers will have heard such stories and many more dramatic, though probably apocryphal, tales of ‘real police work’ involving ruthless criminals, overwhelming odds, life and death emergencies, brilliant detective work and the eventual triumph of law and order. Of course, such tales are usually the stuff of fiction and one does not have to watch television for very long to be presented with a police drama which will reaffirm this image of the police as ‘avenging blue angels’ (Alderson, 1979).


Social Skill Police Officer Police Work Police Culture Police Training 
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