Poster or Presentation Title

Virginia Law Enforcement Retention

Access Type

Open Access

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

April 2017

End Date

April 2017

Department

Criminology

Abstract

When talking about retention, law enforcement agencies have been facing challenges with retaining their officers. Although problems associated with turnover effect all careers, there has been a significant rise in turnover rates within local law enforcement. Agencies invest a great deal of time, money, and other resources into training officers with the intentions of having them on their team for a while. This research aims to investigate different variables that may be related to officer retention within Sheriffs’ Offices. A cross-sectional survey was sent to all 123 Sheriffs’ Offices in the Commonwealth of Virginia for data collection. Although literature suggests that when an office invests in positive rewards for its deputies, for example in-house workout rooms, counseling services for deputies, and protective body armor, the present research did not find any significant variables related to deputy retention.

Faculty Mentor

Kimberly McCabe

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Virginia Law Enforcement Retention

When talking about retention, law enforcement agencies have been facing challenges with retaining their officers. Although problems associated with turnover effect all careers, there has been a significant rise in turnover rates within local law enforcement. Agencies invest a great deal of time, money, and other resources into training officers with the intentions of having them on their team for a while. This research aims to investigate different variables that may be related to officer retention within Sheriffs’ Offices. A cross-sectional survey was sent to all 123 Sheriffs’ Offices in the Commonwealth of Virginia for data collection. Although literature suggests that when an office invests in positive rewards for its deputies, for example in-house workout rooms, counseling services for deputies, and protective body armor, the present research did not find any significant variables related to deputy retention.