Does the police academy change your life? A longitudinal study of changes in socializing of police recruits

Obst, Patricia L. & Davey, Jeremy D. (2003) Does the police academy change your life? A longitudinal study of changes in socializing of police recruits. International Journal of Police Science and Management, 5(1), pp. 31-40.


The current study tracks the social behaviour of new police recruits from pre Academy, after six months Academy training, through to one year into police training (N = 177). The results showed that recruits socialise and drink more with colleagues after entering the Academy than they did pre Academy. The way recruits drank also changed during training with a tendency towards heavier drinking sessions. Further results indicated that recruits did feel some pressure to drink to fit in and be one of the crowd. These findings, based on a longitudinal methodology suggest that the enculturation process encouraging recruits to social and drink with peers begins early in the training process. The findings are discussed in terms of intervention.

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ID Code: 4503
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Police culture
ISSN: 1478 1603
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Police Administration Procedures and Practice (160205)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Industrial and Organisational Psychology (170107)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Vathek Publishing Limited
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 20 Jun 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 12:57

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