Lucas Lohbeck

Hochschule des Bundes für öffentliche Verwaltung

Career path motives of police officers (BEWAPOL) Development and validation of a questionnaire for measuring the motives for choosing the police as a career path

On the basis of the expectation-value model an instrument was developed to measure the motivation for becoming a police officer (BEWAPOL) It was validated through two samples of trainee police inspectors who were studying for the higher intermediate law enforcement services of the federal police Career path motives identified by national and international research were categorized with the help of the expectation-value model and were supplemented with additional motives The factorial structure of the BEWAPOL was determined in a first study (N = 235) It was possible to distinguish four aspects of the value component („society/justice“, „nature of work“, „security and pay“, „reputation and status“) and two aspects of the expectation component („belief in capability/fit“, „challenge“) A repeat survey (N=180) and a second study (N= 159) confirmed the factorial structure of the BEWAPOL Reliability analyses in all studies indicate a sufficient internal consistency of the scales The data also complied with a two factors solution with both an intrinsic and an extrinsic secondary factor Correlation analyses with construct-related variables indicate the validity of the scales

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