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Journal cover: Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management

Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management

ISSN: 1363-951X
Previously published as: Police Studies: Intnl Review of Police Development
Incorporates: American Journal of Police

Online from: 1997

Subject Area: Industry and Public Sector Management

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The influence of organizational socialization on police officers' acceptance of community policing


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Title:The influence of organizational socialization on police officers' acceptance of community policing
Author(s):Byongook Moon, (Justice Department, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA)
Citation:Byongook Moon, (2006) "The influence of organizational socialization on police officers' acceptance of community policing", Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, Vol. 29 Iss: 4, pp.704 - 722
Keywords:Community policing, Organizational culture, Police, South Korea
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/13639510610711619 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

Purpose – The study aims to examine the effect of organizational socialization into police culture on officers' attitudes toward community policing in South Korea.

Design/methodology/approach – The study sampled 694 Korean police officers. Policy implication and direction for future research is discussed.

Findings – The results indicate a positive relationship between the degree of organizational socialization and police officers' attitudes toward community policing, contrary to hypothesized directions. Police officers who report higher levels of socialization into police culture are more likely to support the philosophy of community policing and line officers' autonomy/participation, and to perceive a positive relationship with citizens. The findings may indicate that police culture in Korea is fundamentally different from those of other countries, even though the Korean police share some common characteristics of police culture (i.e. machismo, isolation, or conflict with citizens) with its counterparts.

Originality/value – The study provides useful information on the effect of organizational socialization into police culture on officers' attitudes toward community policing.



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