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NCJ Number: NCJ 186050     Find in a Library
Title: East Lansing Police Chaplain's Program
Corporate Author: East Lansing Police Dept
United States of America
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 98-FS-VX-0001
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East Lansing Police Dept
East Lansing, MI United States of America
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Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report describes the purpose, operation, and results of the Chaplain’s Program established by the East Lansing, Mich., Police Department in July 1998 with funding from the National Institute of Justice to reduce and manage stress among police and correctional personnel.
Abstract: The goals were to identify stress issues and to develop, implement, and evaluate the chaplaincy program. The program hired two police clergy to serve police and correctional officers and their families by using counseling, training, reduction of organizational barriers, and other approaches to reduce stress. A program director and two team members developed and oversaw the program with the clergy. Indicators chosen to assess the program’s impact on individuals included the numbers of grievances, complaints against employees, sick hours, and worker compensation claims. Findings were not significant and meaningful, although reductions occurred in some categories. However, team members fulfilled their individual objectives. In addition, a survey that received responses from 51 percent of the 100 employees revealed that most participants had contact with a chaplain, regarded the contacts as positive, and believed that the program should continue. Findings indicated that the program is contributing to the wellbeing of employees and families and that it focuses all three aspects of employee stress reduction: (1) eliminating stressors; (2) improving coping skills; and (3) providing counseling for stressed officers. Appended instrument, figures, table, and 5 references
Main Term(s): Police occupational stress
Index Term(s): Chaplains ; Religion ; Stress management ; Police family issues ; Police stress training ; Correctional officer stress ; Police suicide ; Michigan
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