Date of Defense

Spring 3-29-2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ)


Sociology and Criminal Justice

Committee Chair

Dr. Heidi Scherer

Committee Member

Dr. Sam Abaidoo

Committee Member

Dr. Peter Fenton


This study examined the motivations for choosing law enforcement as a career and perceptions of different prevalent criminal justice issues among police recruits and police officers. Additionally, the motivations and perceptions were compared across recruits and officers to see if they changed over time. The purpose of this study was to see if the police subculture and socialization had an impact on their motivations and perceptions. A survey method was administered on a sample of both recruits and officers from several Southeastern police departments. Bivariate analyses indicated that there were several significant differences across recruits and police officers in their motivations to pursue law enforcement and their perceptions of various criminal justice issues and policies.

Included in

Criminology Commons