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A career development program for transitioning law enforcement officers

For a substantial area of America's population in early life, law enforcement represents a vast number of opportunities within several departments to establish a career. In some departments, there are over 250 different sub-areas that an individual can choose. However, often after five to ten years after serving in law enforcement, many officers find themselves unprepared for the transition to civilian life, specifically in the world of work. This program was developed to address the specific career development issues of these law enforcement officers. Characteristics of this population are outlined and discussed, and relevant adult and career development theories are examined to better understand these issues. The workshop sessions of this program are discussed and outlined in detail for the career development professional and a handbook for program participants is presented in the appendices. Practical applications of positive psychology are used in some of the program sessions.

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