Title

Dissecting Police Professionalism: A Comparison of Predictors Within Five Professionalism Subsets

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2009

Department

Criminal Justice

Abstract

This study captured and compared significant predictors within each of Hall's professionalism subsets. Questionnaires mailed in one southern state to all municipal police departments with 50 or more sworn personnel (N = 21) produced 1,114 responses (57% response rate) from 16 participating departments. Analysis revealed that officers identified with all five components of professionalism even though policing, in general, is not yet universally recognized as a profession. Regression findings indicated that rank was a significant predictor in all but the public service model. Age, education, marital status, and hours worked also played a significant role in varying professionalism models.

Publication Title

Police Quarterly

Volume

12

Issue

4

First Page

370

Last Page

387