Are there common motivational factors for police officers to leave the counter terrorism search role, and does this have a financial impact which could be identified in a period of austerity and reduction of police budgets?

Lee, Douglas (2015) Are there common motivational factors for police officers to leave the counter terrorism search role, and does this have a financial impact which could be identified in a period of austerity and reduction of police budgets? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Between September 2012 and March 2013 the author devised and ran a research project which surveyed all current and ex Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Home Office Licensed counter terrorism Search Officers (LSO) - commonly known as 'Polsa'. Officers and staff were asked to complete a questionnaire which was used to establish whether there were common motivational factors for joining the search role, and whether motivation for the role had changed after training and operational deployment. There had never been a research project completed in the UK counter terrorism search field before (PNSTC, 2013), and was not likely to happen again due to the unique circumstances of annual reclassification and Olympic operations occurring at the same time, resulting in several hundred LSO’s being available together in a very short space of time. In addition to securing data for future analysis, the SO20 Protective Security Command permitted the research project as long as their own aims and objectives were also met. These aims included: a complete demographic breakdown of all current and ex-search officers by age, gender, ethnicity, length of police service and operational background; an assessment of issues with training versus operational experience; the impact that being search trained had on their day to day role; issues with operational deployment and; any negative issues experienced by officers in their day to day role as a result of being search trained. This dissertation will present a further analysis of the data gathered at the time, in order to
    establish whether there are common motivational factors for officers and staff to leave the search role, and whether it can be established that the loss of officers from the role has had a financial impact.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2015 12:31
    Last Modified: 30 Jun 2015 12:31
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/17499

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