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Career decisions by Australian police officers: a cross-section of perspectives on entering, staying in and leaving policing careers

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Howes, LM and Goodman-Delahunty, J, Career decisions by Australian police officers: a cross-section of perspectives on entering, staying in and leaving policing careers, Police Practice and Research, 16, (6) pp. 453-468. ISSN 1561-4263 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 Taylor & Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/15614263.2014.951936

Abstract

Australian police officers (N = 182) who were staying in policing (n = 96), or undecided about staying (n = 57), and former police officers who had changed careers (n = 29) completed free-response questionnaires about their decisions to choose and stay in (or leave) policing careers. Thematic analysis of responses revealed different considerations by group. Categories of the kaleidoscope career model were used to evaluate the relative importance of themes by group. Retention strategies to meet police officers’ needs for authenticity, balance and challenge were suggested in light of salient themes at each major decision point.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australia; police; careers; retention; kaleidoscope career model; qualitative research
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Criminology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Other Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Field:Law, Politics and Community Services not elsewhere classified
Author:Howes, LM (Dr Loene Howes)
ID Code:96377
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Social Sciences
Deposited On:2014-11-03
Last Modified:2017-04-20
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