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The impact of involuntary retirement on senior police officers

Cameron, Trudi M.; Griffiths, Amanda

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Trudi M. Cameron

Amanda Griffiths


There have been no published studies on the impact of involuntary retirement on police officers. This article describes the reported experience of a group of senior police officers who were involuntarily retired from the police service in England and Wales. One-to-one interviews were conducted 2–15 months after retirement with nine former Superintendents and Chief Superintendents aged 48–56 years old, with an average of 30 years of service. Interviews were recorded, transcribed, and subject to thematic analysis. Three overarching themes emerged: perceived breach of a psychological contract, impact on individuals and families, and life ‘after the job’. Positive outcomes included having increased time for fitness and leisure activities, and entering new careers. Negative outcomes included inadequate time to prepare for retirement, financial challenges, difficulties navigating the civilian job market, low mood, and feelings of isolation and abandonment. Implications for the future management of involuntary retirement are presented.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 8, 2016
Online Publication Date Jul 8, 2016
Publication Date Mar 31, 2017
Deposit Date Mar 1, 2017
Publicly Available Date Mar 1, 2017
Journal Policing
Print ISSN 1752-4512
Electronic ISSN 1752-4520
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 1
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