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Online survey - mental wellbeing of police personnel post-retirement

Email from Helen Ketton Business & Communications Support

We are supporting a final year Criminology student at De Montfort University Leicester with a research project for her dissertation. The purpose of the research is to better understand the levels of support available to former police officers in retirement but also to identify whether this area needs to be further investigated in order to identify the need for additional levels of support pre and post retirement.

 

An online questionnaire has been designed with questions focused on mental wellbeing post retirement. I would be grateful for your help in circulating the online questionnaire to your members to see if it something that they would be happy to get involved with. The questionnaire should take no longer than twenty minutes.

 

Please see below further information about the research project, which the participants will need to read before taking part in the research.

 

Many thanks for your support

Helen

 

A survey exploring the impact of occupational experiences on the mental wellbeing of police personnel post-retirement – Participant Information Sheet

 

What the research is about

This questionnaire invites you to tell us about the impact of occupational experiences as a member of police personnel on your mental wellbeing during your retirement. The purpose of this research is to enable us to better understand the levels of support available to you in retirement but also to be able to identify whether this area needs to be further investigated in order to identify the need for additional levels of support to you pre and post retirement.

 

Timeline

The research will start in October/November 2018 and end in December 2018/January 2019. We anticipate that the data would be collected and analysed by the end of January 2019.

The findings of the research will be produced in the form of a dissertation by May 2019, and a copy of the findings will also be sent to NARPO.  We hope that this work will provide a foundation for further understanding.

 

What this means to you.

You have been invited to take part in this research as you are a retired member of police personnel. The questionnaire will ask you about your mental wellbeing post retirement – this refers to how you are feeling and how well you cope with day-to-day life. You will also be asked questions surrounding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which is a type of anxiety disorder which you may develop after being involved in, or witnessing, traumatic events. If you do choose to take part in this research, you will be asked to fill out the short questionnaire which you will be able to access via the link below, with the option to fill out a second.

 

This should take you no longer than twenty minutes.

 

Below are the links to the two questionnaires:

Section 1: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/96RD59C

Section 2: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9GHJ37C

 

Please note that it is not possible for you to be identified by your responses to either section 1 or 2 of the questionnaire and that data obtained from ALL responses for both sections are anonymized. The data collected will be securely held online, which will be password protected and only available to the researcher.

Because we won’t be able to identify you from your responses, you will not be able to withdraw from the research once your answers have been submitted.

Once the questionnaire is completed your participation in the research will be complete. Please note that participation in this research is completely voluntary. By completing the questionnaires, you are consenting to taking part in the research and consenting to the findings being analysed and produced in a dissertation. You are free to withdraw up to the point of completing the questionnaire.

 

If you find any of the questions have affected you please be aware that there are a number of organisations available to contact for support such your local branch of the Samaritans or Mind. If symptoms persist please visit your GP for medical support and advice.

 

This questionnaire is in two sections – The first asks a number of general questions about you and your wellbeing since retirement. At the end of the first section you will be asked if you are happy to continue answering more detailed questions about your post retirement experiences. Please be aware some may find this distressing and it is completely optional. You will then, if you wish to continue, need to click on the second link to begin the second questionnaire.

 

Please note if you have any further questions about the content or impact of this research you can email my supervisor Dr Annette Crisp at: acrisp@dmu.ac.uk

 

If you have any complaints regarding this research, they can be made to Administrator for the Faculty Research Ethics Committee, Research & Commercial Office, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH or hlsfro@dmu.ac.uk