U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government, Department of Justice.

NCJRS Virtual Library

The Virtual Library houses over 235,000 criminal justice resources, including all known OJP works.
Click here to search the NCJRS Virtual Library

Police Officer Job Satisfaction: A Multidimensional Analysis

NCJ Number
Police Quarterly Volume: 15 Issue: 2 Dated: June 2012 Pages: 157-176
Richard R. Johnson
Date Published
June 2012
20 pages
This study examined police officers' job satisfaction.
The literature on police officers' job satisfaction to date has focused primarily on individual officers' demographic characteristics, while a few recent studies have demonstrated that officers' job task characteristics are a principal source of job satisfaction. The present study expanded on this prior research by simultaneously analyzing three dimensions of correlates of job satisfaction: officers' demographic characteristics, officers' job task characteristics, and officers' organizational environment characteristics. This was the first such study to include the dimension of organizational characteristics in the study of police officer job satisfaction. The analysis of survey data from a sample of patrol officers from 11 law enforcement agencies in the southwestern United States suggested that the officers' job task characteristics were a principal source of job satisfaction. Organizational environment characteristics also played an important, but weaker, role in the shaping of officer job satisfaction. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.