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Police officer transitions to retirement in the United Kingdom: social identity, social support, and (in)justice

Bullock, Karen, Garland, Jon and Coupar, Freya (2019) Police officer transitions to retirement in the United Kingdom: social identity, social support, and (in)justice Policing and Society. pp. 1-15.

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This article draws on qualitative interviews to examine police officers’ experiences of transitioning to retirement in the United Kingdom, a matter that has been hitherto under researched. We find that the well-established routines and the social identity conferred by the police role are severed at retirement and the transition to retirement may be experienced as disruptive. This has implications for self-esteem, access to support, and perceptions of fairness of the organisation. However, we further argue that retirement is a multidimensional concept and experienced differently, depending on the context and circumstances in which it occurs. When officers are underprepared or retired for medical reasons, the transition was especially disruptive. The article makes important contributions to the literature on police officer social identity, well-being, and organisational justice.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
Coupar, Freya
Date : 12 September 2019
DOI : 10.1080/10439463.2019.1664522
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2019 Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Policing and Society on 12 September 2019, available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords : Police officers; Retirement; Well-being; Organisational justice
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 18 Sep 2019 09:29
Last Modified : 13 Mar 2021 02:08

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