Police Department, Beliefs, Attitudes, And Behaviors

1678 WordsSep 23, 20157 Pages
In every police department, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors are strongly influenced by its culture. This culture is primarily developed through a process of socialization, or beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors learned in interactions with peers and on the job experiences. Socialization has led to both an executive and police officer culture, each with its own perspective of the dilemma of means and ends. Police executives must, by necessity, be as concerned with the means of getting the job done as with the end results; police officers by contrast, tend to be more concerned with reality of the streets and the ends. Therefore, police executives must heed organizational priorities, policies, and procedures; that is doing the right thing in accordance with the rules. On the other hand, police officers may do the job according to the wisdom of the street, often acquired not from the organization 's view of reality but experiences and survival. Through this wisdom of the street, vocational subcultures and major characteristics evolve. A.B. Hollingshead provided the basic definition of a vocational subculture; "a group of specialists recognized by society, as well as by themselves, who possess an identifiable complex common culture, values, communication devices, techniques, and appropriate behavior patterns (Thibault, Lynch, & McBride, p.19, 2011). The major aspects of the police subculture are the three S 's; secrecy, solidarity, and social isolation. Characteristics
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