Job Satisfaction in Criminal Justice

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Background: Every human being has a particular and distinct group where he or she feels they belong. Usually, this makes up a person's identity. However, what really determines an individual's identity within a particular group is the shared norms, practices, beliefs, principles, traditions and vision (Schein, 1992). This is generally referred to as organizational culture, and is particularly important when dealing with certain high-stress careers, law enforcement especially. In order to understand the profundity and richness of every culture, there must first be an idea, either rudimentary or not, lexical or contextual, about the term 'culture.' Culture is "the ideas, customs, and social behavior of a particular people or society." On the other hand culture may be "the totality of a society's distinctive ideas, beliefs, values, and knowledge. It exhibits the ways human interpret their environments." Culture is not just society, but for law enforcement, it is a way of being and belonging to a group with (hopefully) shared ideas, dedication to helping society, and of public service. Law enforcement, however, works through a lens of society, and is therefore a part of American culture and various regional subcultures (Crank, 2004).
However, in order for any organizational culture to be successful, Schein (1992) underscores several requisites that corporate consultants and managers alike must take into account. These are: (1) an organization must not just be reactive but
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