Research Problem: To determine the various values that influence police officers within law enforcement organizations.
Method: Clare W. Graves’ Values Systems instrument was administered to 297 police officers from five law enforcement organizations. The value systems (Tribalistic, Egocentric, Conformist, Manipulative, Sociocentric, and Existential) were based on Graves’ “Levels of Psychological Existence”.
Results: The results were significant in the areas of Existentialism and higher personal education, Sociocentrism and older age, male sex, detective rank group; Manipulation and younger age, male sex, officer rank group; Conformitism and longer police service, female sex, married officers; and Tribalsim and longer police service, female sex, less personal education.
Conclusion: Today’s law enforcement organization requires ‘communication performance’ at an unprecedented level of excellence. And chief among the demands made upon police organizations is the increasing necessity for an organizational climate compatible with the ‘psychic needs’ of the organization’s members. Value System Analysis is a necessary ingredient for learning the psychic needs and reactions of the organization’s members and, as well, citizens of the community in which police serve. Value System Analysis could be used in the initial selection, placement, and management of police personnel. Also, it could be in administrative communications so that police detectives would communicate more effectively to all six value systems operating within a law enforcement organization’s communication could produce overwhelming results.