Exploring Later-Life Work Behaviors Among Retired Police Officers: Survey Research for a Specialized Population


This case study describes a dissertation project by Dr. Stephen Hill. This case highlights the challenges and successes of connecting two literature domains—bridge employment and police culture—as well as the significant elements to consider when studying a specialized population of retired law enforcement officers. The development and utilization of an electronic self-report survey are detailed, along with the surprising level of support and participation among the sample. This research highlights the importance of relationship-building and may peak interest in exploratory applied research.

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