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Police Culture and Personality

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Monday, September 30, 2013 Lecture Five Police Culture and Personality Requirements and Demands - Multiple and diverse tasks – i.e. hostage negotiation – the ability to respond in crisis/challenging/dangerous situations - Knowledge of the law and act lawfully - Promote a positive image – could be detrimental to the work – i.e. difficulty to solve cases if they can’t get information because people don’t trust them - Bureaucratic and personal stress – (stressful and demanding job) o Paper work – documenting everything o Judicial inconsistency (i.e. technicalities – frustration with the system) o Bad press – violations of law/internal investigations are reported more often o Personal stress – often exposed to personal risk, making life and death decisions o Human suffering – empathetic to others; abuse cases, death, etc. Personality Characteristics - Lefkowitz (1975) o No differences in psychological disorders or intelligence o Differences in suspiciousness, cynicism, conservatism, authoritarianism, loyalty, secretiveness, physical courage, and self-assertiveness - Wooten and Brown (2000) o “Cop culture” values: suspiciousness, cynicism, conservatism, outgroup prejudice, pessimism, solidarity, pragmatism, mission, and action orientation - 3 clusters o 1: physical courage, self-assertiveness, pragmatic, mission, action  Trained to respond, responsible to get involved, and authority to act  Both required/beneficial, and developed characteristics o 2: suspicion, cynicism, pessimism, loyalty, solidarity, secretiveness  Fit together because of certain processes that occur  Tendency to feel part of a close knit group – common identity  In-group solidarity – stronger sense of t
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