THE ANTECEDENTS OF EMPLOYEE TURNOVER INTENTIONS IN THE POLICE FORCE IN THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: A CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK.
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Reducing the turnover of police personnel, whose purpose is to maintain citizens’ sense of security, could make a significant contribution to a police force’s effectiveness. The purpose of this paper is to provide a framework on the basis of a literature review through which to understand and predict factors affecting the turnover intention (TI) of police personnel in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). A comprehensive review of the literature on turnover intention was carried out to propose a conceptual framework demonstrating the linkages between leader–member exchange (LMX), perceived organisational support (POS), and psychological stress (PS), which in turn, affect the TI of police personnel. The proposed framework is appropriate for usage in the UAE police force, but could also be correlated to police forces across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and employed in other public and private sector organizations as well. The adoption of such a conceptual model would help practitioners to better understand the influence of the proposed factors on police force TI and focus on minimizing TI and retaining talented officers, for the benefit of the police force. Further empirical study should be undertaken using a structural equation modelling (SEM) approach to validate the effect of the proposed framework and hypotheses.