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NCJ Number: 126674 Find in a Library
Title: Why Police Officers Resign: A Look at the Turnover of Police Officers in Vermont
Author(s): R W McIntyre
Corporate Author: Vermont Criminal Justice Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 47
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/
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Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A questionnaire survey of police officers who voluntarily resigned from municipal police agencies in Vermont in 1989 formed the basis of an analysis of the reasons for police turnover and its impacts on police agencies.
Abstract: The analysis showed that the officers who left came disproportionately from the bottom rank of the police. They were often younger and probably had less experience than those who stayed, although they were similar in other personal characteristics. The most important reasons for leaving were career and salary advancement and frustrations with the police department. Smaller departments experienced higher rates of turnover than larger departments, and officers from these departments often reported stress as a reason for leaving. Officers who were happy in law enforcement usually took another law enforcement job. Compensation was the most important factor in happiness, followed by departmental characteristics providing a low-stress, challenging job. Results indicated the need to improve the image of law enforcement, meet the aspirations of police officers, review hiring practices, and consider combining small departments into regional departments. Tables, appended instrument and additional results, and 31 references
Main Term(s): Police work attitudes
Index Term(s): Personnel retention; Police occupational stress; Turnover rates; Vermont
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