Publication Date

5-2021

Date of Final Oral Examination (Defense)

3-11-2021

Type of Culminating Activity

Thesis

Degree Title

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

Department

Criminal Justice

Major Advisor

William R. King, Ph.D.

Advisor

Lisa Bostaph, Ph.D.

Advisor

Jacqueline G. Lee, J.D., Ph.D.

Abstract

This thesis examines the relationship between organizational culture and police officer well-being, using an empirical examination of one agency. Culture is important in law enforcement. Previous studies on police culture have typically sought to understand the effect of culture on officer behaviors. This thesis takes a different approach by examining the effects of culture on individual officer well-being. The results of this study indicates that culture is related to well-being, along certain dimensions. Cultural attitudes towards an organization’s administration and the citizens officers interact with are shown to be consistent predictors of well-being. The results of this study provide implications for future research along with police organizational policy.

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