Educating for vulnerability
Educating police about vulnerability is a complex process, with harm minimisation essential for non-police and police alike, and against a background of longstanding stereotypes. Reiner (1998) suggests that police see vulnerabilities in others by way of social distinctions, including "police property" (scum, radicals, gays); "rubbish" (domestics); and "disarmers" (worthy victims), and see themselves as "macho"; that is, without vulnerability. It is probable that past police education has contributed to these stereotypes.
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