This study aims to bridge the police culture and the police employee well-being literature by demonstrating significant linkages between the two.
The authors examined the effects of culture on the well-being of officers in one police agency in the western United States during the summer of 2020. Using individual-level data, the authors model the association between officer perceptions of occupational culture and personal well-being for 125 sworn employees.
The results indicate that, for individual sworn officers, their adherence to elements of culture is related to well-being; specifically, burnout (BO) exhaustion, BO disengagement, job satisfaction and organizational commitment. Additionally, the cultural attitudes of administration, and citizens in the population, are both consistent predictors of officer well-being.
This study provides an important linkage between the police culture and police well-being literature, which to date has been given limited attention.
Patterson, S. and King, W.R. (2023), "Culture and well-being among sworn officers: an empirical examination", Policing: An International Journal, Vol. 46 No. 1, pp. 179-193. https://doi.org/10.1108/PIJPSM-06-2022-0078
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