Social Responsibility and Police Forces an Investigation about Values and Practices Developed in Brazil and Portugal

Monday, 11 July 2016: 09:30
Location: Seminar 52 (Juridicum)
Oral Presentation
Ivone COSTA, Federal University of Lisbon, Brazil
Iris SANTOS, Federal University of Bahia, Brazil
The theme of social responsibility in security forces yet is little explored. In our view, this fact occurs because some academicians and politicians believe that introduction of the management models typical of private sector in the public organizations would conduce to the destruction of social state model implemented in Europe.

Many studies developed in the security area associates defend the social responsibility as being the obligation of police forces to prevent the crimes and the extreme violence situations.

The extreme use of violence by the policemen in the United States, especially against African and Latin American communities in 70th decade, conducted the security organizations to reinforce the human rights (Valente, 2011) in its doctrine as well as in its graduation plans.

As consequence, the polices were going to privilege pedagogical initiatives (Balestreri, 1998) that contribute to the prevention of crimes (Avina, 2011) to ostensive interventions that use violence and fire guns to combat the crime and the violence (Serrano,?:112).

After 2003, different police forces in Europe and South America reinforced the ethical principles (Gregori, 1998) in (Balestreri, 1998:2) in its strategic and operational choices (Stephens and Millen, 2012:1).

Until now, there aren´t any normative orientation on social responsibility to police forces in Brazil and Portugal. Despite, they are creating departments and internal agendas to support initiatives developed in areas as social, environment and prevention of crimes.

We propose in this study discuss how the concept and the practices of social responsibility are being implemented in police forces of Brazil and Portugal. The outcomes would contribute for the developing of new scientific knowledge and for the clarification of potentialities, difficulties, opportunities and threats of this practice.