A Content Analysis of Police Training Curriculum, Policy Objectives, and Literature Associated with Conceptualization and Integration of Workplace Spirituality in Police Departments

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Workplace Spirituality in Law Enforcement: A Content Analysis
Ethics: The Old Testament, the New Testament & Contemporary Application
The Charismatic Movement
Religious Man and Ancient Belief in the Creator God
From the Dog House to God's House
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I am a native New Yorker residing in Virginia Beach with my family. Since 1993, my workplace experience has been with vocational instruction, theological programs, and educational leadership. Having served as faculty for various schools (like Liberty University, Regent University, Hampton University), prior to this I was the general education coordinator of a multi-campus Online school that quickly surpassed all of the local campus student populations, a trainer at the CBN television network, served as educational advisor at Langley AFB, and taught foreign languages and language arts at private schools (including the supervisor of a k-12 academy). My research interests are diverse due to my background in both education, leadership and theological studies. Most currently I am part of a team of academics writing a book on the history of religions (in press by December 2018). When a research fellow at UOP, I conducted research on how workplace spirituality can best be integrated in law enforcement training curriculum and administrative policies following a content analysis research design. My article was published in 2017 in the Journal of Management. Spirituality & Religion, and it was selected in 2018 as the most innovative article published by the journal last year. My pastimes include walks on the beach boardwalk, watching films with family, casual reading and enjoying art exhibits.
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Regent University
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Regent University
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Faith Christian College & Theological Seminary
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There is currently much interest in how workplace spirituality can contribute to organizational effectiveness, employee human development and more recently, in how it may contribute to police well-being and effectiveness (Willis, 2010; Tuck, 2009; Charles, 2009). However, there is a lack of research and understanding of the integration of workplace spirituality into police training and its inclusion in administrative policy objectives. To better understand how workplace spirituality may be integrated into police training and conceptualized within administrative polices, a content analysis of the literature (i.e., police training curriculum, police administrative policies and published law enforcement articles and research) may yield data findings for extrapolation of common categories of salient concepts, practices, constructs and meaning, that can help in articulating the practice of integration of workplace spirituality in police training and administrative policy objectives.

The anticipated research study goals include: to contribute to a better understanding of how workplace spirituality may be beneficial to police officer well being and effectiveness; to contribute knowledge that would facilitate increased discussion and interest in the benefits of integration of workplace spirituality; and to contribute data that could be helpful in contributing to a common set of terms and concepts regarding what workplace spirituality is.

  • Overarching Research Question(s):  What does the conceptualization and integration of workplace spirituality look like in police training literature, published research, and administrative policies in a cross-section of police departments and centers?
  •  Focus & Research Design: Qualitative description of conceptualization of workplace spirituality in current police training and policy objectives conducted through a comparative content analysis of published research and related documents. 
  • Factors:  Diversity in workplace, high stress and coping, police training, challenges to integration of spirituality in the workplace, concepts of spirituality. 
  • Scope: Content analysis of selected police training curriculum, published research studies & administrative documents. 
  • Outcome: To provide data findings that can help researchers to further conceptualize workplace spirituality in the context of police training and policy making, and to provide recommendations and direction for further research on the planning and implementation of workplace spirituality in police departments.

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Ramon Moran's picture Ramon Moran | June 3, 2015 2:43 pm MST

At the Knowledge Without Boundaries conference I was glad to share on the need for this research study of workplace spirituality in police training and culture. It was good to see the interest that was generated in this topic and to meet others who share the same interest from having a work background in law enforcement and who maintain this perspective. These connections are invaluable and I invite comments and posts to extend this research further online via our developing learning community.

Ramon Moran's picture Ramon Moran | October 4, 2017 6:32 pm MST

It's a pleasure to share the news of the publication of my article's research findings in the Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion last week. For anyone interested in the topic of workplace spirituality in law enforcement, I am providing you with a link to access/download the complete article. Without this link, the article can be viewed after paying a fee.

I want to express the great support I received from our research center (esp. our current CWDR director KImberly, as well as our center's previous directiors). I was able to work with three differen directors who were all outstanding and supportive.

if you can, take a peek, and perhaps, share your thoughts here following this thread.

Here's the Journal's authorized link to the article:



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Kristina Keiko McGaha's picture Kristina Keiko McGaha | December 5, 2018 3:56 pm MST

Thank you for sharing this!  Really interesting topic and great example of content analysis in practice.