February 2017

Guest Editors: Sarah Guy and Rebecca Stickley, IACP

The culture of policing is multifaceted and ever evolving. It can include the policies, behaviors, and beliefs of officers and agency leaders, but it is also affected by external influences, including budgetary decisions, policy makers, community members, and legislation. There are some elements that are important across the board (such as officer safety, community-police relations, and ethical policing), yet each law enforcement organization’s culture is also shaped by the agency’s specific responsibilities and the community it serves.