Criminal Justice Studies Volume: 22 Issue: 1 Dated: March 2009 Pages: 3-15
This study compared counterterrorist police and criminal investigation police in Norway.
This paper illustrates the importance of understanding both similarities and differences for public personnel management generally and in policing specifically. Results indicate that the most significant difference in occupational culture between counterterrorist police and criminal investigation police appeared on the scale from time firm vs. time floats. Police officers in the counterterrorist unit felt that time schedules, deadlines, and speed were important to their job, while police officers in the criminal investigation unit found sufficient time and not being run by the watch more important to their job. The second most significant difference in occupational culture was found on the scale from legality vs. effectiveness. Police officers in the counterterrorist unit felt it more important to follow regulations and instructions than did criminal investigators. This study is first a literature review on organizational culture in terms of police personnel cultures and shared occupational values. Norwegian police entities are described, followed by research methodology and research findings. Findings and research conclusions are detailed. Table and references