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Virginia Law Enforcement Retention: A 2015 Study of Characteristics of Sheriffs’ Offices in Virginia in relation to the Turnover in Departments

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Open Access

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Start Date

April 2017

End Date

April 2017

Department

Criminology

Abstract

There is a concern for retention in law enforcement. Retention consists of the reasons law enforcement personnel remain in their department. For this project, a survey was mailed to Sheriffs’ Offices in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the year 2015 that address retention related characteristics. Variables selected came from past empirical literature to identify retention related characteristics. The population selected for this project consisted of 123 Sheriffs’ Offices and the estimated 10,000 Sheriff Deputies within those Sheriffs’ Offices. The sample population for this research utilized 85 of these Offices. The research design used for this project was cross-sectional. After formulating a descriptive analysis and conducting a pearsons r correlation coefficient, researchers found no significant correlations between the variables and the percent of officers retained.

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Virginia Law Enforcement Retention: A 2015 Study of Characteristics of Sheriffs’ Offices in Virginia in relation to the Turnover in Departments

There is a concern for retention in law enforcement. Retention consists of the reasons law enforcement personnel remain in their department. For this project, a survey was mailed to Sheriffs’ Offices in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the year 2015 that address retention related characteristics. Variables selected came from past empirical literature to identify retention related characteristics. The population selected for this project consisted of 123 Sheriffs’ Offices and the estimated 10,000 Sheriff Deputies within those Sheriffs’ Offices. The sample population for this research utilized 85 of these Offices. The research design used for this project was cross-sectional. After formulating a descriptive analysis and conducting a pearsons r correlation coefficient, researchers found no significant correlations between the variables and the percent of officers retained.