An Empirical Examination of Attitudinal Fragmentation in Poklice Culture

Eugene A. Paoline III, University of Central Florida

Police scholars have long postulated about the importance, and existence, of police culture. While the majority of research has centered on explaining a single police culture, recent work has begun to question the cultural homogeneity of police officers. Using survey data collected in two municipal police departments, as part of the Project on Policing Neighborhoods (POPN), this paper examines attitudes that are said to be part of "the" culture of policing, in assessing the degree to which these attitudes are representative of a single culture or are more fragmented in nature.

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