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Perspectives on the recruitment and retention of culturally and linguistically diverse police

Adela J. McMurray (College of Business, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia)
Azharul Karim (School of Engineering Systems, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia)
Greg Fisher (Flinders Business School, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Science, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia)

Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal

ISSN: 1352-7606

Article publication date: 4 May 2010

Abstract

Purpose

The aims of this paper are: to investigate the perceptions held by police (insiders) and community member (outsiders) of the recruitment and retention of culturally and linguistically diverse employees of Victoria Police; and, to develop a model that can assist in future recruitment and retention policy development.

Design/methodology/approach

Structured focus group interviews were conducted based on an instrument deduced from existing literature. Police and community members were interviewed separate cohorts. The discussions were thematically coded to themes and sub‐themes.

Findings

Specific differences were identified in perceptions of the importance of recruiting culturally and linguistically diverse groups, barriers to recruitment, recruitment methods, and retention methods.

Research limitations/implications

Based on these perceptions, a proposed a model addresses the importance of cultural diversity in policing and barriers to recruitment and retention of culturally and linguistically diverse employees. Further research is necessary to assess the broader applicability of this model.

Practical implications

The proposed model may be used as the basis for future recruitment and retention activities, and human resource management policy development.

Originality/value

This is the first study in the Australian context of recruitment and retention of culturally and linguistically diverse police that addresses both community and police perspectives. Aligning the demographic profile of the police service with that of the community is beneficial to effective policing.

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Citation

McMurray, A.J., Karim, A. and Fisher, G. (2010), "Perspectives on the recruitment and retention of culturally and linguistically diverse police", Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal, Vol. 17 No. 2, pp. 193-210. https://doi.org/10.1108/13527601011038741

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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