Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Power, trust, police unions, and police managers: A quantitative research study
by Lima, Julio L., Ph.D., Capella University, 2015, 105; 3732850
Abstract (Summary)

A Likert Scale Attitudinal Survey was distributed to sworn, non-supervisor, police officers at six police departments in the state of California in a department roll-call setting to measure the counterbalance of power, trust, and influence between police managers and police union leaders. The relationship between a police management and police union leadership is critical component in the internal dynamics of the police organization. The results from this study provide evidence that although on average rank and file police officers tend to trust and attribute more power within police organizations to police unions rather than to police managers, an analysis of the survey responses by inferential statistics showed that these differences were not statistically significant. Furthermore, an analysis of the survey results measuring the relationship between the specific leadership bases of power and trust revealed a statistically significant relationship between the perception of trust by rank and file officers and the use of specific bases of power by police managers and police union leaders. In conclusion, the implications for studies of leadership, power, and policing are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
School: Capella University
Department: Public Service Leadership
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 77/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Public administration, Criminology, Labor relations
Keywords: Leadership, Police chiefs, Police unions, Power, Trust
Publication Number: 3732850
ISBN: 978-1-339-20928-9
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