Blue code of self-protection

The so-called “blue code of silence” has long been seen as an important element of police culture, reflecting solidarity and a willingness to “stand by your mates.” This blog post reports findings from a UK study that found new recruits expressing less agreement with the statement “Police officers must observe a code of secrecy amongst themselves to protect fellow officers” after 4 years on the job, compared to responses earlier in their tenure. The author thinks we may be witnessing “a movement towards a ‘blue code of self-protection’ which has been influenced by a more individualist, risk-averse but publicly accountable policing organisation.”

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