Cop Culture Facts


A Darker Shade of Blue
A Darker Shade of Blue

Cop Culture Facts:

Most individual demographics creating a significant relationship with job performance appeared early in the career but were neutralized within several months of gaining experience on the streets.

As an example, recruits with military backgrounds initially reported high levels of motivation, organizational commitment and needs satisfaction. Within the first few months of actual police experience, those levels dropped to equal the measures of the recruits who reported no military experience.

This decline may be linked to the decreasing expectations about what the job actually involved after graduating from the academy and adopting the veteran officers’ apathetic attitude that hard work isn’t linked to a system of reward or recognition.

From A Darker Shade of Blue


  1. You know, Scott, I’ve found the same issue in factory work. Initially, people have the bright, cheerful, caring words of HR in their heads, and they think THIS job is going to be DIFFERENT, this one is better, this company cares more. Then they get out onto the factory floor, and discover it’s all just words, and this job is the same as they one they just left, and has all the same problems. That’s when a person’s internal motivation has to take over; the recognition and reward for hard work are internal, not external. Low level leadership can also make a difference; if even one person recognizes your effort, it feels more worthwhile.

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