Based on the analysis of data collected in a large metropolitan police department over a period of three years, using survey, participant observation and focus group methodologies, the author examines both of these dimensions of the patrol experience: the qobjectiveq nature of patrol work as officers perform it, and its qsubjectiveq nature as officers collectively interpret and give meaning to their experiences. Results suggest that the alcohol-related workload myth has both literal and figurative dimensions: on the one hand, officers sincerely believe that a great deal of their work results from citizen alcohol use; however, the myth also possesses symbolic, expressive qualities in that it conveys officers' disdain for dealing with alcohol-related incidents.After running its plates through the computer, he discovered that the car in front of us - a big black Jeep Cherokee, covered with dried mud and complete with a lift kit and large knobby aquot;mudderaquot; tires - had expired tags. He contacted dispatchanbsp;...
|Title||:||Exploring the Construction of Cultural Meaning Among Police Officers: The Collective Representation of Alcohol Workload|
|Author||:||Bradley A. Myrstol|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2006|