Family-to-Work Conflict among Texas Law Enforcement Officers in the Wake of the Hurricane Rita Evacuation

November 2011 (VOL. 29, NO. 3)

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Law enforcement has critical responsibilities during evacuations, taking officers away from their families to work to serve the needs of the community. The purpose of this article is to examine family-to-work conflict for law enforcement officers who worked during the evacuation of the Texas Gulf Coast in preparation for Hurricane Rita. Officers from counties along the Texas Gulf Coast were sampled. Results of OLS regression show that unmet family needs during the evacuation resulted in increased family-to-work conflict after Hurricane Rita, while the presence of children in the household resulted in less family-to-work conflict after Hurricane Rita. Law enforcement agencies and disaster managers need to consider work and family issues when training officers to prepare for disaster related events.