It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
The Police Personality
What type of people become police officers ?
Joel Lefkowitz has identified two personality trait clusters which commonly appear in police officers.
Cluster 1 : isolation & secrecy, defensiveness and suspiciousness, and cynicism.
Suspiciousness and Cynicism increase with experience on the job.
Police feel misunderstood by the "civilians"
Lefkowitz refers to their situation as "socio-occupational isolation".
Cluster 2 : authoritarianism, status concerns, and violence.
Authoritarianism : identification w/ and submissiveness to authority, intolerance of minorities, rejection of anything abnormal, high pressure for conformity.
Psychological Motivations for becoming a police officer
The psychological need for security : Many police officers come from middle class backgounds and jobs in law enforcement are seen as jobs which you can keep as long as your able to work.
The desire to provide services for others. Police officers are community servants who help others on a daily basis.