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NCJ Number: 171210 Find in a Library
Title: Reducing Stress: An Organization-Centered Approach
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:66  Issue:8  Dated:(August 1997)  Pages:20-26
Author(s): P Finn
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: NCJRS Photocopy Services
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Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses the importance of police organizational policies and procedures as both a factor in producing and relieving unnecessary and debilitating stress in police officers.
Abstract: Most police stress programs and consulting mental health practitioners focus primarily, if not exclusively, on preventing and treating stress among individual officers; however, this approach fails to address the underlying organizational problems that are the basis for much of the stress experienced by officers. A growing number of agencies have found that even modest modifications in organizational structure can lead to enhanced morale and productivity among line officers. Police administrators across the country have implemented significant organizational changes as a way of reducing officer stress. The changes generally affect supervisory style, field training officer programs, critical-incident counseling, command support after critical incidents, shift work, and job assignments. This article provides examples of what some police agencies have done in each of these areas to help relieve officer stress produced by unnecessarily burdensome organizational style and procedures. 8 notes
Main Term(s): Police occupational stress
Index Term(s): Organization development; Police management; Police policies and procedures; Stress management
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