2015 | 7(2) | 143-156
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Values as Control Mechanisms for the Behaviour of Members of a Detached Police Group

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In this paper the authors present the issue of the significance of values in the operations of members of detached policegroups. Members of such groups usually operate in contexts referenced to the situations threatening core values, where thereis a conflict between being secure and having a lack of security during the operations of the unit. The two states mentioned abovedeserve special consideration when discussing issues understood as components of the first pillar of a safety culture. The authorsput research questions concerning possible links between values and other variables highlighted in the research, their dependenciesand level. The values reported and thoroughly researched in the Schwartz scale are an excellent instrument for describingand explaining human behaviour in situations of making choices and accepting challenges. The usefulness of this instrumentwas confirmed in this study which obtained interesting research results on the relationship between values and identifiabledemographic variables in the studied group. The authors of the project believe that the issue of values operationalised in the tasksis a useful tool for the interpretation of the behaviour of officers who are members of detached groups. Situations where individualand public security is threatened are usually included in the specificity of the contexts in which uniformed services and securitystaff operate. When conceptualising the issue of attitudes and values it is necessary to undertake research of an internationalcharacter. Research in other cultural conditions allows account to be taken of both the specificity of the mechanisms of creationand the functioning of the system of values, as well as confirmation of their universality. It also seems advisable to focus ona conceptualisation aimed at ordering the understanding and interpretation of key concepts in the field of values. This can begreatly facilitated by the use of methods for the study of personality already employed in subsequent studies carried out by ourresearch team.
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