Stress and Officer Safety
  1. Much of the research indicates that the suicide rate among police is higher than the national average. Explain why. Indicate what factors may contribute to the higher rate.
  1. As the chief of police you want to implement a number of policies and programs to help control the stressors police encounter. List five policies/programs and describe what the policies and programs will address.
  1. What were the findings in a study conducted by Kaminski and Sorensen (1995) concerning officers injured during assaults? List the certain situational characteristics that increased the odds of an officer being injured during an assault.
  1. What can be done to improve officer safety from death and injuries on the job?
  1. Shift work may have negative effects on police. What kinds of problems do officers experience because of shift work? What can administration do to help alleviate some of the problems of shift work?