Tertiary Education, Commitment and Turnover in Police Work

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Title Tertiary Education, Commitment and Turnover in Police Work
Author Jones, David; Jones, Liz; Prenzler, Timothy James
Journal Name Police Practice & Research: An International Journal
Editor Dilip Das
Year Published 2005
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This study investigated the effects of tertiary education on police turnover (separations) and job attitudes. It is sometimes argued that tertiary education will reduce the commitment of police to staying in the job because they will experience frustrated promotional aspirations and they possess greater employment mobility. In a case study of Queensland police officers with between five and nine years of service, human resource data showed no significant differences in turnover rates for degree holders and non-degree holders. A survey of serving police compared job attitudes, withdrawal cognitions, and intention to leave for degree holders and non-degree holders. Results revealed few differences of significance between the two groups. In combination, these results suggest that fears that higher education will reduce police commitment to the job are not well founded—at least in large police departments with numerous career development opportunities and a system of promotion based on merit.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t713647973~link=cover
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15614260500047143
Volume 6
Issue Number 1
Page from 49
Page to 63
ISSN 1561-4263
Date Accessioned 2006-03-13
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Health Institute; Behavioural Basis of Health; ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject PRE2009-Human Resources Management
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/4728
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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