The internal jargon of the police is often characterised by crude jokes and banter, and the line between jargon and harassment is not always clear. A strong internal loyalty and ‘blue code of silence’ makes it difficult to speak up about experiences of harassment from colleagues and supervisors.
We research sexual harassment within the police, and examine how harassment relates to the organizational and professional culture of the police. We study the relation between a sexualised jargon, jokes and banter on the one hand, and harassment and violations on the other. We also study internal resistance against the work to prevent sexual harassment within the police.