The purpose of this study was to examine the management and leadership styles in three different police departments by interviewing officers within these departments. Specifically, I conducted interviews with members of the College of Wooster Security and Protective Services, Wooster City Police Department, and Traverse City Police Department to view how these departments use organizational communication. Major findings of this study were that humility and bravery are qualities that are often used by police officers when describing their peers in the police department. Additionally, police departments tend to create distinctive “Blue Cultures” separate from other organizations due to the aspect of combat-orientation. Lastly, police department superiors may use various management and leadership styles depending on different situations, but police departments tend to use the same management and leadership styles regardless of their geographical location. Implications of this study include increasing awareness and depth of employee-supervisor relationships, and help people learn from the perceptions of law enforcement which may aid community relations with police.


Singh, Rohini


Communication Studies


leadership styles, management styles, organizational communication, law enforcement

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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