Sexual harassment within the police

Two policemen.

One of the tasks of the police is to take reports about sexual assault, investigate and to some extent prevent sexual offences. But what happens when sexual harassment and abuse takes place within the police?

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.

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