Do Cops Spend Lots Of Off-Duty Time In Bars?
The first responder community’s culture has a strong foundation based on bonding. Usually male dominated, alcohol is a big part of the social structure.
Alpha males don’t chit chat easily. Alcohol removes the inhibition. Sports and high-risk, high-action activities are also vital for cementing those bonds.
I’ve witnessed situations where one or two officers will purchase motorcycles. Before long, cops who can’t make the house mortgage are speeding home on new cruisers. Peer pressure and the desire to fit in are terribly strong.
Anthropologist, Joan Barker conducted a 20 year study of the LAPD – Danger, Duty and Disillusionment – It was central to my doctoral research of police culture.