Assessing and Monitoring the Culture of a Law Enforcement Agency




Brush, Steven C.

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The culture of a law enforcement agency identifies the agency. A problem is some organizations cannot identify their culture, so they do not know how the agency is perceived. Once the culture is identified, it needs to be monitored for needed changes or improvement. As society calls for police reform and cultural change, the culture of an agency is in the spotlight. The culture of an agency is easily overlooked since it is not a tangible item; however, a negative culture can bring discredit on the agency. Law enforcement agencies should identify and monitor the culture of the agency. A law enforcement agency’s culture can have a positive or negative effect on the agency. A positive culture will lead to a professional agency. The leaders of the agency are affected by the culture as is morale and officer performance. Just as a positive culture will have a positive effect on the agency, the same is true with a negative culture. Identifying the agency culture can be accomplished by an internal audit or a professional consultation. The assessment of the culture is a responsibility of the leader of an organization. Even if the leader believes the culture does not need change, it should still be identified and monitored. If the culture is not identified and monitored, it could deteriorate.



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