Factors Influencing Policewomen in Georgia Turnover Intentions: A Multiple Regression Analysis

Factors Influencing Policewomen in Georgia Turnover Intentions: A Multiple Regression Analysis

Author: 
Karen A. Anderson
Program of study: 
D.M.
Abstract: 
Police agencies face challenges in sustaining policewomen. The attrition of policewomen is problematic throughout the rank structure. The problem is a pre-existing and a continued lack of understanding of root causes of disproportionate and minority populations of policewomen in relations to their turnover intentions. The purpose of this quantitative correlational study was to assess the level of turnover intentions of policewomen in the State of Georgia in relation to the police culture, perceptions of organizational support, organizational commitment, and sociodemographic characteristics (e.g., age, ethnicity, rank, tenure, and agency size). The sample was 89 policewomen in three levels of rank from agencies in the State of Georgia, who informed about experiences with turnover intentions. Through a quantitative method and correlational design, survey data were analyzed using multiple regression analysis. There was no association between the police culture and the turnover intentions of policewomen in Georgia. Perceptions of organizational support significantly associate with the turnover intentions of policewomen in Georgia. Organizational commitment significantly associates with the turnover intentions of policewomen in Georgia. There was no association between sociodemographic characteristics and the turnover intentions of policewomen in Georgia. This quantitative study advances literary knowledge in the field of management of organizational leadership and the law enforcement profession. Through investigative research, this study provided a deeper understanding of factors associating with disproportionate populations of policewomen and why female officers think about leaving the job; which may later result in turnover.
Dedication: 
I dedicate this dissertation to my family. Family support was the crutch for uplifting me through the rigorous work in my doctoral journey. Throughout the journey, I made certain to spend time with family; in particularly my grandchildren. I recognize that special moments with family are irreplaceable. I hope that I am able to set a good example for them by exemplifying that love endures all and knowledge is life-learning. My inspiration and drive to excel comes from my late grandmother who only had an 8th -grade education. The spiritual blessings, wisdom, and knowledge that she instilled in me continue to influence my decisions in life. I know that all of my relatives in heaven are rejoicing because somewhere in my past they made supportive and tangible contributions that continues to aid in my achievements.
Acknowledgements: 
First, I would like to start by thanking God for giving me the wisdom to persevere in this scholarly endeavor. I acknowledge my dissertation chairperson for guiding and championing me through the throes of dissertation. My chairperson had a passion for leading, guiding, mentoring and most of all helping scholars such as myself find their way through rigorous and challenging doctoral processes. Her unique and systematic method of facilitating were awesome. I did not fully understand in the beginning. In the progression of time, there were many enlightening moments that put everything into perspectives. Her energy and enthusiasm gave me the motivation to press onward. I could not have found a better dissertation chairperson. I appreciate here. I acknowledge my committee members for their support and assistance in the dissertation process. Their experience, knowledge of justice systems, expertise in minority issues, and scholarly background were beneficial for providing constructive feedback. I appreciate the team effort and collaborations that made my dissertation work a quality product. Also, thanks to the brave policewomen who gave their time to participate in this study voluntarily. Each of you deserve commendations for working in a noble profession that keeps society safe. As a career woman in law enforcement, I have an understanding of your journey. All journeys are not the same. As women in law enforcement, we have shared and lived a unique type of gender experience in a male-dominated profession. As such, who else can tell our story better than we can? My prayers are with all of you.