I4P Guest Lecture – Dr Louise Westmarland, The Open University

8th Feb 2017, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Business School

British Police, High visibility

“Policing gender and ethics: An ethnographic view of culture and practice”

The issues of gender and ethics in the police might not seem, at first glance, to have much in common. As this paper will illustrate however, what used to be called ‘equal opportunities’ in the police, has similarities and continuities with the current debates around ethics and integrity. One of the places this can be observed is through the analysis of domestic abuse cases and the investigation of homicide. As these crimes are sites of potential high risk in terms of reputation and outcome, an ethnographic view of ‘backroom’ conversations, practices and beliefs can reveal the ways in which gender, ethics and culture often interact. The discussion will draw upon first hand observations of a number of such cases and will theorise the ways in which gender and ethics illustrate that the culture and practice of the police continue to require academic attention.


  • 5.30pm – Registration and Refreshments
  • 6.00pm – Lecture
  • 7.30pm – Reception and Networking

This public lecture is organised by the Department of Law & Criminology, supported by the Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice. This is Edge Hill University’s second Annual Policing Lecture and marks the successfully launch of our BA(Hons) Policing programme.

Further information can be found here

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