What Is Police Culture?

Police culture is a type of organizational culture that contains unwritten roles and social codes that dictate the way that a person within the culture will function, as well as building a strong sense of solidarity among the group and a will to conform. Police culture deals specifically with the behavior of officers within the force.

Police culture has several main characteristics that can be seen among members. These include an exaggerated sense of the duty of police work and the importance of stopping crime, a celebration of all masculine traits, a willingness to assume force in situations and a desire for crime-oriented tasks rather than more menial desk-oriented tasks.