Police Research Unit
Annual Policing Lecture:
‘Policing Gender and Ethics:
An Ethnographic View of Culture and Practice’
Dr Louise Westmarland, The Open University
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.
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 successful launch of our BA (Hons) Policing programme. The event takes place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus
Date: Wednesday 8th February 2017
5.30pm Registration and Refreshments
7.30pm Reception and Networking
Louise has worked for the Open University for the past 15 years and has contributed to debates around police culture and more recently ethics and integrity, in national and international forums. Her research expertise is in gender and policing, police culture, domestic homicide, ethics and integrity. With colleagues at the Open University and other institutions she has been the recipient of major research funding from the ESRC/AHRC, as well as many other minor grants. Her research on gender and policing has informed equal opportunities training and development activities in the UK and at an international level. She has recently undertaken research with various police forces across England and Wales into integrity and corruption and has completed studies in the US which involved interviewing and shadowing homicide detectives on live investigations.
More recently she has been invited to be the independent Chair of several Domestic Homicide Reviews which consider the processes and procedures of murder investigations. She is Chair of the Open University’s Human Research Ethics Committee and her work on police ethics and integrity has been included in Parliamentary debates and select committee proceedings.
She is the author of 2 books and co-author of a third, as well as numerous papers and articles, and her teaching responsibilities include the chairing of a popular third level criminology module at the Open University called ‘Crime and Justice’.