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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-468
Number of pages16
JournalPolice Practice and Research
Volume16
Issue number6
Early online date02 Sep 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015

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