School of Education
Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (EdD)
Minority Police Recruits, Motivation, Entrance-level Police Academy, Motivation Theory, Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
Beskid, Jennifer A., "A Transcendental Phenomenological Study of the Motivations of Minority Police Recruits Participating in an Entrance-Level Police Academy" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2827.
The purpose of this transcendental phenomenological study was to describe the lived experiences of minority police recruits who were participating in an entrance-level police academy. The central research question of the study was what were the lived experiences of minority police recruits who were participating in an entrance-level police academy? Data was collected using interviews, a questionnaire, and records analysis. The interviews were transcribed with the initial results being preliminarily grouped. Once the groups were established, the researcher reviewed the records for inclusion in the groupings. Participants completed a questionnaire designed to elicit information about their motivations to become police officers. The process of reduction and elimination was completed. The results of the research contributed to an increased understanding about minority recruits’ motivations to become police officers and their motivations to graduate from the academy. The results of the research were consistent with existing research while expanding on the desire of the recruits to improve police and community relations.