Leaving any job can be a big decision, and for those who are considering leaving voluntarily and often at the end of a long period with Victoria Police, retirement in particular may result in a complex range of feelings including relief, anxiety, fear, uncertainty, excitement, hesitation, and in some cases dread.
For others who leave due to ill-health or resignation for other reasons, these feelings may also be present and sometimes at a higher intensity. In addition, there may be feelings of frustration or resentment towards the organisation and possibly even colleagues.
For many employees, leaving Victoria Police is not only about leaving a job, but leaving a whole way of life, identity, relationships and sense of purpose and meaning.
Feelings of anger, shame, and sadness, in addition to the practical components of reduced income or re-employment, can be a normal part of transitioning to ‘civilian’ life. Just as it takes time to adjust to police life, similarly it takes time to adjust to no longer being a police member.