Professor Janet Chan
Janet is an internationally recognized criminologist, best known for her original and influential work on police culture, police training and socialization and police reform. Working at the interface of sociology, criminology and law, Janet has had a tremendous influence on how scholars understand ‘police culture’ and on our understanding of how practices that might be considered aberrant from the outside come to be normalized through the structures and routines of policing institutions. Her publications include (with Devery & Doran) Fair Cop: Learning the Art of Policing, (University of Toronto Press, 2003) and Changing Police Culture: Policing in a Multicultural Society, (Cambridge University Press, 1997). She is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of NSW.
Janet’s specific contribution to the project was to research the institutional and organizational factors within policing and security organizations that contribute to violence becoming systematic and normalized. She also examined strategies adopted by police forces and military organizations to combat institutional violence.