Ethical orientations of state police recruits and one-year experienced officers

Dennis W Catlin, James R. Maupin

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Abstract

The ethical orientations of police recruits in a large state police organization were identified using an Ethical Orientation Questionnaire that measured scales of idealism and relativism. The ethical orientations of officers from the same organizations who had one year of experience were also identified. This research examined the ethical orientations of these two groups, the ethical orientation differences between the two groups, and characteristics associated with those differences. There were significant differences in the ethical orientation between the two groups. New recruits tend toward the idealistic ethical dimension more than one-year officers. One-year officers tend more toward the relativistic ethical dimension than new recruits. Education is a significant factor in ethical orientation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)491-498
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Criminal Justice
Volume30
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2002

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Ethical orientations of state police recruits and one-year experienced officers. / Catlin, Dennis W; Maupin, James R.

In: Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol. 30, No. 6, 11.2002, p. 491-498.

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