Using a survey of police officers (n=1080) in a southern state of the USA, this study examines how overall performance is influenced by organizational fairness and prior disciplinary actions. In particular, this study focuses on the relationship between organizational treatment and officers’ self-acknowledged engagement in more innocuous forms of negative workrelated behaviors, general task performance, and extra-role behaviors. Results suggest prior disciplinary actions and organizational treatment are related to officer performance. Our findings highlight fair treatment’s relationship to enhanced prosocial activities and reduced negative work behaviors. Of importance to police administrators, police officers’ fairness perceptions of the police organization appear to have a stronger influence on overall work performance among officers that have prior disciplinary actions, further underscoring the need for organizations to consider how officers are treated.
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Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society (CCJLS) and The Western Society of Criminology
Date of publication
Helfers, Richard; Reynolds, Paul D.; and Maskaly, Jon, "Prior Discipline and Performance among Police Officers: Does Organizational Fairness Matter?" (2020). Criminal Justice Faculty Publications and Presentations. Paper 3.