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Effect of Educational Differences on the Level of Job Satisfaction in Police Officers in Turkey

NCJ Number
International Journal of Police Science & Management Volume: 11 Issue: 3 Dated: Autumn 2009 Pages: 358-365
Ali Ozel; Nida Bayindir; Hatice Zeynep Inan; Emine Ozel
Date Published
8 pages
This study of the job satisfaction of police working in Kutahya (Turkey) focused on the link between an officer's level of education and job satisfaction.
The study found that level of education was not significant in determining the level of an officer's job satisfaction. This might suggest that officers, regardless of education, are motivated to perform work they consider important for the welfare of the community they serve. The findings might also indicate that police officers who graduate from 4-year or 5-year higher education programs are not frustrated by having higher expectations for their careers than police officers who graduated from middle school. Of the 942 police officers working in Kutahya, 68.6 percent graduated from 2-year, 4-year, or 5-year undergraduate programs. Thirty-two percent of the officers stated that "they usually enjoy their jobs," and 40.1 percent indicated that "they always enjoy their jobs." There was no statistical link between the pleasure gained from their jobs and their educational level. Although 25.8 percent of the officers were always bored and dissatisfied with their job, this feeling was not related to their educational level. The 942 police officers who participated in the study worked in both central Kutahya and counties of Kutahya from 2007 to 2008. The questionnaire used in the survey was developed by the researchers based on a literature review and examination of related prior studies. A Likert-type scale was used in measuring levels of job satisfaction. 6 tables, 1 figure, and 36 references