Studies show that stress is a prevalent feature of police work. All occupations have a degree of stress that accompany them, but in a study of occupational stressors, law enforcement and other service jobs were at the top. This paper outlines the sources and effects of occupational stress on police officers. The sources of stress are placed into five categories: job duties, public opinion, features of the criminal justice system, and the organizational makeup of a department. These factors create stress in a variety of ways, as described in the effects section of the paper. Finally, the paper outlines changes police departments can make to help officers cope with stress and to minimize the stress their officers encounter.
Laura Maile, ’06 Atkins, IA
Majors: Psychology, Criminal Justice
Sponsor: Christopher Carlson