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NCJ Number: 167011 Find in a Library
Title: Retention of British Columbia's Municipal Police Officers: An Examination of Reasons for Leaving
Author(s): K Polowek
Corporate Author: British Columbia Police Cmssn
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 58
Sponsoring Agency: British Columbia Police Cmssn
Vancouver, BC V6C 1T9, Canada
Publication Number: ISBN 0-7726-2887-4
Sale Source: British Columbia Police Cmssn
409 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1T9,
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: Reasons for voluntary employee turnover in the 12 municipal police agencies in British Columbia, Canada was examined, using data from a literature review, consultation with agencies and experts, a survey of the 12 agencies, and interviews with randomly selected police personnel in those agencies.
Abstract: The interviews were conducted from November 1995 through January 1996 and focused on work and organizational factors, gender-related stressors and experiences, and issues related to coordination of work and family life. Results revealed that the most common reasons for leaving agencies included dissatisfaction with promotional policies, dissatisfaction with transfer policies and opportunities, dissatisfaction with management style and practices, and concerns over the cost of living in the jurisdiction. Female members also notes concerns regarding the management of work and family and pressures associated with being a woman in a male-dominated setting. However, no significant differences existed in the percentages of female and male police officers intending to leave their agencies or policing careers. Changes recommended to address employee turnover relate to human resource management, maternity leave and other policies related to the family, flexible work practices, sexual harassment, and sex-role stereotyping. Police agencies should also develop a retention plan. Footnotes
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): British Columbia; Police occupational stress; Police personnel promotion; Police work attitudes; Turnover rates
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