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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYCH 230
Professor
John Rempel
Semester
Fall

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PSYCH 230 POLICE CULTURE AND PERSONALITY SEPT 30 REQUIREMENTS AND DEMANDS - Multiple/diverse tasks full of uncertainty/surprise - Knowledge of the law and follow the law - Promote a positive image  not maintaining one is detrimental of the work eg. Where police are called to get information from people (can only get info if they have your trust) - bureaucratic stress (paperwork, documenting) or stress from bad reputation, and personal stress from dangerous situations, dealing with human suffering PERSONALITY CHARACTERISTICS (that police officers tend to have) - Lefkowitz (1975)  Believed there are no differences in psychological disorders or intelligence (thought police officers were only strong)  suspiciousness, conservative, more authoritive, high levels of loyalty/physical courage, self- assertiveness, cynicism, secretiveness - Wooten and Brown (2000)  “cop culture” values: suspiciousness, cynicism, conservatism, outgroup prejudice, pessimism, pragmatism solidarity, action-orientated, strong sense of mission - 3 clusters: 1. Physical courage, self-assertiveness, pragmatism, sense of mission, action.  Trained to response to wrongdoings, responsible/have authority to react  Required/beneficial traits, some traits developed because of the role 2. Suspicion, pessimism, cynicism, loyalty, solidarity, secretiveness  Tendency to want to fe
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