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NCJ Number: 211875 Find in a Library
Title: Praise and Recognition: The Important of Social Support in Law Enforcement
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:74  Issue:10  Dated:October 2005  Pages:14-19
Author(s): Tracey G. Gove MPA
Date Published: October 2005
Page Count: 6
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses the proven value in praising and recognizing an officer’s commitment to service.
Abstract: Police work represents a stressful, difficult, and, at most times, unforgiving occupation. Studies and surveys have proven that social support in the form of recognition and praise serves to increase morale, motivation, retention, and productivity in law enforcement officers. In addition, the physical and mental health of employees improves and organizations are better served and run more efficiently and effectively. Effective police leaders will value and demonstrate this ideology. This article begins by reviewing the sources and consequences of police stress. It continues by reassessing praise in police work through an assessment of mental and physical health, morale, motivation, and employee retention, and internal and external awards. The article concludes with the installation of praise in the workplace: how to administer praise and methods of delivery. 18 Endnotes
Main Term(s): Professional recognition
Index Term(s): Incentive systems; Police commendations; Police effectiveness; Police occupational stress; Police work attitudes
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