Power and Patriarchy: Examining the Mythologies of Police Culture

Lesley Bikos takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of law enforcement culture and introduces us to a world where you have to either fit in, turn a blind eye, or risk it all by speaking up.

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Monday, June 26, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

London Public Library, Central
251 Dundas St

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“Who will guard the guards themselves?” asked the Roman poet Juvenal. It remains a question of particular interest in democracies like ours: if the police are entrusted with holding the public accountable to the law, who holds the police accountable? How has a public armed with smartphone cameras changed our understanding of policing? How does possessing the authority to use force impact the culture of an organization?

A former police officer, Lesley Bikos (@lbikos) is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Western University. Her research interests are primarily in the intersection of gender and workplace culture with a current focus on policing and police reform. Lesley is currently working on a nation-wide study of about 75 Canadian police officers and learning more about the impact that police culture has on their on and off-duty lives.

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